Global Cycle Solutions
Global Cycle Solutions is a social enterprise working to innovate and disseminate affordable, quality technology for villagers around the world. Its core team works on the ground in East Africa visiting villagers to understand their lives and needs. Where there is a need and a solution, GCS brings that product to these villagers. Where there is a need and no solution, GCS develops these technologies in-house to cultivate creative capacity in the local communities.
History In 2009, Global Cycle Solutions opened its offices in Tanzania. The company began as a technology company, developing and selling bicycle add-ons to improve the lives of smallholder farmers.
However, GCS soon realized that it was not enough to just sell products in stores. It had to go to the village. In the villages, GCS learned that there were more challenges than just the hardship of smallholder farming. Many villagers lacked basic luxuries like light at night and electricity to charge their phones. And thus, in 2011, GCS shifted gears from just selling bicycle products to selling a portfolio of products to improve village life. Its focus became about empowerment–empowering promising youth with an opportunity to become GCS entrepreneurs. This positions GCS to reach the deepest of villages with its products and services, and creates a ripple of impact.
Today, it’s not only about transforming the bicycle into a vehicle of innovation, but it’s about improving village life with affordable, quality products.