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VELAFRICA – mobility with perspectives

Velafrica connects work and integration in Switzerland with development in Africa.
Since 1993 the Non-Profit Organisation has collected old, worn-out bicycles, refurbishing them with social institutions and exporting them to its partners in Africa.
velafrica burkina faso
  • Collection
    there are 479 permanent and free collection points for bicycles across the country. Every year, an additional 50 collection events are organized.
  • Recycling
    thanks to functional recycling of our bikes, 350 tonnes of old metal is saved from the shredder each year.
  • Integration
    360 unemployed and physically challenged people refurbish the donated bicycles and prepare them for transport to Africa.
  • Export
    in 2015, Velafrica sent 38 shipping containers with 17‘455 donated and reworked bicycles from Switzerland to Africa.
  • Mobility
    since 1993 over 140‘000 donated Swiss bikes have found a new owner. On average, four people benefit from the use of a bicycle.
  • Vocational Training & Jobs
    by 2015, 106 youth completed an apprenticeship in bicycle mechanics. Bicycle workshops create jobs in repair and sales.
more info in this PDF here >> PDF
 velafrica workshops
Velafrica has the support of 30 partners across Switzerland. Between Liestal and Brig, Bulle and Chur, a dense network of social enterprises work towards integrational work. in 2015, Velafrica started an export workshop in Liebefeld, Berne as an integrational project for refugees and migrants.
They work with 13 regional partners in Gambia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Madagascar, and Eritrea. This partnership is done with non-profit and selected small businesses. We foster a relationship based on economic collaboration to promote social entrepreneurship.


 “bycicle reduces poverty”
The bicycle is an affordable alternative that spares people from walking. In cellars across Switzerland there are many bicycles that remain unused. In the developing regions of Africa however, cheap forms of transport are scarce. The recycled bicycles from Switzerland improve local access to education, health care and economic opportunities. After research done by Velafrica in Burkina Faso and Tanzania, mobility was found to be the most important factor in overcoming poverty.

I am so happy that I walked into Angela during the ECO festival in Basel and it makes me even happier to share this awesome project with all of you.

Waldeggstrasse 27
3097 Liebefeld
T +41 (0)31 979 70 50


L’OCCITANE gives 100% of the price to promote women’s entrepreneurship in Burkina Faso! so lets’s support eachother and spend 5 CHF for this 20gr balm that works for hair lips and body! I used the apricot fragranced shea butter on my dry chapped lips and it helped immediately!

enjoy the sunny day and lots of love to everybody men and women – one love!



LUX – a different kind of christmas market in Basel, Switzerland.

I enjoyed my yesterdays shopping tour and found some amazing presents!

go there and enjoy my collarnecklaces collection!

I will share the gorgeous labels and goods that I found there in a separate post – stay tuned! xx



last friday I met Alina P. owner and founder of HIGH PASSION – a fashionlabel and onlineshop – she showed me her amazing collection and told me her story. It was so lovely to chat with her – thanks for contacting me, dear. So – Alina is from Romania and lives in ZH, Switzerland, she was first working in an office and then had to quit because of immigration issues. she is allowed to start her own business and therfore started HIGH PASSION but she needs to show her balance sheet in August 2013 and if they dont consider her onlineshop a good business she can stay but not work in Switzerland. Thats why I am very eager to present you her collection. PLEASE support Alina and treat yourself with a wonderful bandage dress – a true must-have piece!

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the collection of BANDAGE dresses in different colors and shapes
there is a piece for everyone! I show you my favourite 3 dresses
and styled every dress in different looks – sexy to elegant – stay tuned!

look #1

black bandage dress by HIGH PASSION
bag/clutch VINTAGE
shoes GUCCI

look #2

black bandage dress by HIGH PASSION
bag/clutch VINTAGE
shoes GUCCI
blazer H&M
fabricpiece from NINO BOLLAG print

makeUp M.A.C. (Matchmaster 03 / Vex..)
styling by isawsomethingnice.ch
model JASWANT S. (scout models)

note – dont wear nylons because the dress rides up!