UPDATE on Isata and Women’s Cycling
& Mechanic Training in Sierra Leone
In April Isata, along with 11 other women, will be attending a week-long mechanic training course. They make up half of the total number of trainees….as it should be! We could use your help to train them and the other 11 participants. It costs us $150 per person for the weeklong session which culminates with the Tour of Lunsar where they can practice their skills at a race.
Please consider sponsoring a mechanic for this training. By sponsoring their training, these young people will have the chance to own their own bike shop and make a living, this is especially important for young women. If you can sponsor a woman in celebration of International Women’s Day we would greatly appreciate it!
Here is the original story posted in 2020….
This is Isata Sama Mondeh. She is a cyclist and also the first female bicycle mechanic in Sierra Leone trained by me last year.
Isata finished high school in 2013. Just after that, she didn’t have money to go to university. So all along she was just moving up and down hanging out with friends. I met ISATA in 2017 at Freetown on a bicycle race organized by the Sierra Leone Cycling Federation. Just after that race, I invited her for a visit to Lunsar where I live. She visited in June 2017 and spent one week with me, but during that week she asked me if she could have a job.