Wheels of Change International was founded by a group of entrepreneurs that shared a common passion for helping those that need it most. Wheels of Change collects donated bicycles in the United States to be shipped overseas to Africa. Upon arrival of the container in Africa, local people are trained in both bicycle mechanics and simple business methods. The container the bicycles arrived in is turned into a bike shop, selling bicycles and other helpful tools at a subsidized cost with 100% all profits going back into the community.
In 2010 Dan Austin, co-founder of Austin~Lehman Adventures, was upgrading ALA’s fleet of bikes and was looking for something to do with the 120 used bicycles that he had. Dan came across the organization Bicycles for Humanity (B4H) and decided to start up his own chapter in Montana. He quickly went to work collecting bicycles in Billings, MT and he soon had well over 400 bikes to be shipped to Ngoma, Namibia in Africa. In the spring of 2010, the first shipment had left Montana bound for Ngoma. In the summer of 2010, Dan and his son Andy accompanied the opening of the container.
In 2011 Dan and other leaders with experience collecting and shipping bicycles to Africa joined forces with Michael Linke of Bicycle Empowerment Network- Nambia (BEN) to form Wheels of Change. The success of WOC Montana led Dan Austin to reach out on an international level to create WOC International.WOC International will continue to ship bicycles to Africa as well as other helpful supplies. In addition to the bicycles and supplies, WOC international will work with the local townspeople to create more opportunities such as jobs and tourism. If you would to contribute to WOC international and help this wonderful cause please visit our Donate page and find out how you can help.