MicroBike 2009
By Millie Magner
Examiner.com
Thursday, September 3, 2009

Want to ride for a cause? There are many opportunities for your bicycling to do more than improve your health, decrease traffic congestion, and lessen your carbon footprint. MicroBike is one of those opportunities. Through MicroBike 2009, you can help lift people out of poverty worldwide.

MicroBike is a program of ACCION, an International microfinance and microlending organization, giving people the financial tools they need to work their way out of poverty. ACCION has been helping people all over the world through partners such as Banco ADEMI in Dominican Republic and EB-ACCION Savings & Loans in Ghana. These loans have empowered men and women like Sorybel Pinales Cierra to establish her “Café Sory” and Juan Pirir of Guatemala to expand his woodworking business.

This fall ACCION is holding MicroBike events worldwide to raise awareness and money for its microfinance initiatives. the events (your rides) are scheduled for October 3 and 4 to precede the United Nation's International Day for the Eradication of Poverty that is October 17.

MicroBike is unique because you design your own ride by selecting a local bike route and distance that appeal to you. There is interest to hold a Seattle/NW event.