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Amigos y Familia!

El proximo 20 de Marzo es la nueva fecha para la rifa de la bicicleta de bambu elaborada por el equipo de BambooCo Bikes!

Los invitamos a que adquieran su boleto para la rifa.  Sus contribuciones nos ayudan a reunir recursos que necesitamos para la compra de materiales, partes de bicicletas, gastos para la adecuacion del taller,  entre otros.

La rifa juega con la loteria Florida Cash 3 el dia 20 de Marzo a la 1:30 pm.   Si no resulta un numero ganador en esta fecha, organizaremos un evento para realizar el sorteo entre las personas que han adquirido su boleto para esta rifa

Apreciamos el apoyo que nos brinden y el que compartan esta informacion con sus amigos y familiares.

Muchas gracias!


The winning number on December 25th midday drawing was 081   which wasn’t chosen by any of our supporters this time!

We plan to continue the drawing and the numbers which have been chosen continue playing.  This will give us a chance to raise funds much needed as capital seed for the BambooCo Bike Project in Montebello, Cali – Colombia.  The new date is March 20, 2015  the first day of Spring season and will play again with the Florida Cash 33  midday drawing.

If on March 20th we do not have a winner we will organize an event to do the drawing among raffle ticket holders.

We’d appreciate your support to continue sharing the information about the drawing.  Thank you!!

May the New Year bring you every Blessing,



Yudy, Harold Andres, Fernando and Jose are committed to master their new bamboo bike frame making skills.  They’ve been finishing the frames they assembled back in September during our “Train the trainer” workshop.  During the following three months a multidisciplinary team will be working with the youth to make 30 bamboo bike frames, develop entrepreneurial skills, and consolidate a plan to continue the work in a form of a social enterprise that will ultimately train more youth in this skill.

We are doing a BAMBOO BIKE RAFFLE to get contributions for capital seed needed for the project. The new raffle date is Thursday, December 25th, 2014.  You can get a ticket through this site or you can contact us by e-mail at info@ecoculutura.net

We’d appreciate if you can share with friends and family this link with the information on how to get a raffle ticket. The contributions received through this campaign will be used to remunerate the youth, and for materials, tools, bike parts, project management expenses, and educational workshops during this phase of the project.

We appreciate your continued support and your effort to help us spread the word about the RAFFLE !!

Mil gracias!!



Yudy, Harold Andrés, Fernando y José están comprometidos a perfeccionar su nueva habilidad para hacer marcos en bambú para bicicletas. Los jóvenes han estado terminando los marcos que ensamblaron durante el taller “Formar al formador” el pasado mes de Septiembre.  Durante los siguientes tres meses un equipo multidisciplinario trabajara con los jóvenes para hacer 30 marcos de bambú, desarrollar emprendimiento, y consolidar un plan para continuar el trabajo en forma de una empresa social que capacitara a más jóvenes en el futuro.

Estamos realizando la RIFA DE UNA BICICLETA DE BAMBU para reunir capital semilla para este proyecto. La próxima fecha de la rifa es el Jueves, 25 de Diciembre, 2014.  Puedes obtener un boleto en línea a través de nuestra página o escribirnos a info@ecocultura.net

Te agradecemos compartir este enlace a la pagina para adquirir los boletos. La rifa nos ayudara a conseguir los recursos necesarios para cubrir honorarios de los jóvenes, materiales, herramienta, partes de bicicletas, gestión del proyecto, y realización de otros talleres durante esta fase del proyecto.

Valoramos mucho tu apoyo!!

Mil gracias!!


Bamboo Bike Raffle Results ! 

We want  to thank all our supporters who contributed to our Bamboo Bike Raffle.  The winning number was 389 (results from the FL Cash 3 lottery Sunday, Oct 12 at 1:30 pm).

This raffle ticket was not selected by anyone, therefore we would like to set another date and continue with the Raffle Fundraiser.  This will give us an opportunity to raise more funds that are key to this stage of the project.

So far we have been able to raise contributions for 73 raffle tickets.  The holders of this raffle tickets will continue to participate with their numbers in the next raffle date.  Sixteen people who supported our Gymkhana event back in January are playing with the numbers that they got back then. Also 18 people who contributed to our Indiegogo campaign back in March 2014 are participating with raffle ticket numbers that were given to them as a perk for their contribution.

The next Raffle Date will be December 25th at 1:30 pm with the FL Cash 3 Lottery.

Thank you so much!!


Resultados de la Rifa de la Bicicleta de Bamboo ! 

Les queremos agradecer a todas las personas que han contribuido a la rifa de la bicicleta de bambu. El numero ganador fue 389  (Resultado de FL Cash 3 lottery – Domingo, Oct 12 a la 1:30 pm).

Este numero no fue seleccionado por nadie, asi que hemos seleccionado otra fecha para continuar con la rifa y dar oportunidad a reunir mas recursos para el proyecto que son claves en esta etapa en que estamos.

Hasta la fecha hemos podido reunir contribuciones por 78 tickets de la rifa.  Quienes adquirieron estos boletos siguen participando en la rifa para la proxima fecha.  Las 16 personas que apoyaron nuestro evento de la Gymkhana en Enero 2014 siguen participando en esta rifa con los numeros que adquirieron entonces. Tambien las personas que contribuyeron a nuestra campana de Indiegogo en el mes de Marzo estan participando con boletos que les dimos en agradecimiento por su contribucion (18 boletos).

La fecha de la proxima rifa es Diciembre 25 a la 1:30 pm con el sorteo de FL Cash 3 Lottery.

Mil gracias a todos por su apoyo !!

For Raffle info click here………….

Bamboo bikes are not only unique and beautiful; they are also strong and resistant!  We offer products, made from this renewable resource, with great design and quality; creating a sustainable enterprise in the long run.

The Bamboo Bikes Project’s goal is to develop a social enterprise model for self-sustenance that can be replicated in different underprivileged communities.

EcoCultura is leading a multidisciplinary team that will provide training in entrepreneurial skills and the craft of making bike frames from bamboo. The organization will also promote cycling through various activities.


Recent activity

Last Friday, September 26th we finished the first of a series of social entrepreneurship workshops to make bamboo bike frames and accessories. The workshops will continue until January 2015 and include topics such as creative design, social and solidarity economy, harvesting and preparing bamboo, and entrepreneurial skills.

The workshop was a great experience for all.  We engaged in dynamic conversations, toured the instalations of Colegio/Talleres de las Aguas in Montebello, learned about bike geometry and ergonomics, watched ¨DIY videos¨ by Craig Calfee, assembled DIY kit, and had hands on experienced under the guidance of Jairo Suarez owner of Gallardo Bikes.  The team accomplished the goal of successfully assembling 4 bamboo bike frames in 5 days.

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The community

The initial social enterprise will be in Montebello, Cali.   Montebello is the smallest suburban area near Cali, and the most densely populated. About 48% of the population is under 17 years old and 80% of youth between 18 and 25 don’t have access to higher education or to good quality jobs. This leaves a high number of youth wandering the streets, vulnerable to unsafe and unhealthy habits and in need for alternatives in occupation, education and income generation.


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The team

This is a collaborative project and we couldn’t have done it without the help from:

Fundacion Escuela para la Vida is a foundation working day to day with the youth through the program of Talleres de las Aguas.

Gallardo Bikes, a Colombian bamboo bike maker who is guiding the process to build the frames.

Craig Calfee, a designer and precursor of the bamboo bike since 1995 who is contibuting with his technical expertise and with the donation of a ¨DIY kit¨ for training,

Observatorio de Innovacion Social a program linked to the Universidad Nacional de Palmira contributing with design initiatives as well as program development.

Industrial Engineering students from The Pontificia Javeriana University from Cali who are adopting the project as their Graduation Project to do a feasibility study.

Coladisos a sustainable design organization assisting in the development of design capabilities.

Bochika.org , our fiscal sponsor is overseeing all contributions from US donors.

And individuals such as Juan Manuel Garcia and Juan Carlos Salmon who are providing their professional and entrepreneurial expertise.

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Our gratitude

We´d like to thank all the participants in this first workshop for their enthusiasm and commitment and special thanks to Cesar Puveda from Cafe Ancestral – Palmira who hosted us during the week of the training. We express our deepest gratitude to our supporters who contributed earlier this year through the Gymkhana event and the Indiegogo campaign. This first workshop was made possible thanks to their contributions.

We thank our friends in the San Francisco Bay Area and our supporters in Miami who are promoting our Bamboo Bike Raffle which will take place in October 12th, 2014.   ……. Please click for information on Fundraiser PARTY which will take place in Oakland, CA this Saturday Oct. 4th.

Thank you ! Thank you! Thank you all!!!

What’s NEXT

We are continuing to build capacity, practicing the technique learned during the workshop, and developing the intended social enterprise. We seek support from family, friends, and the community at large during this early stage.

We need seed capital to start and built a strong foundation for this social enterprise.  Four youth from Montebello have received the initial training and they will continue the practice by making their own bikes! They will be doing quality testing on the bikes and joining local bike events to ride their unique bikes.  They will become trainers of other members of their community who join the Project in the near future.

Take the opportunity to win a beautiful bamboo bike !!!    Get your raffle ticket through our blog by clicking on page GET A RAFFLE TICKET.

We count on your support!!!

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Thank you all!

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Click here to get your Raffle Tickets –  Haz click aqui para adquirir tu boleto para la rifa


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The flow continues !!   “Start small, Grow Tall”  just like a Bamboo Plant ;)

Thanks to our Indiegogo campaign contributors, we are having three  workshops in bamboo frame making and design during this second half of the year.  The first workshop is a DIY bamboo frame making with Calfee Design materials, soon after we will be doing a “Design Lab” by COLADISOS where we’ll explore bike designs, and the third workshop will be an instructed bamboo bike frame workshop .  These three workshops are oriented to participants who will be supporting the training of the Montebello youth in 2015, and will be the seed for a bamboo bike making social enterprise.

This time we are giving you the opportunity to WIN a Bamboo Bike made in Colombia, product of this project.   People who purchased tickets to our Bike Gymkhana in January will participate in this raffle with those same numbers.   Also we will be mailing tickets to our Indiegogo contributors as a reward for their donation.  There is no maximum or minimum number of tickets to participate. Purchasing a ticket is not required to participate in the raffle. We ask for a suggested donation of $20.00 for a ticket to support the project. The winner will be announced on October 12th at the Manantial Market in Miami and the Bike will be handle to the winner by October 31st.

Become the winner of a beautiful Bamboo Bike !!  If you like to support us with the purchase of a raffle ticket we can send it to you by mail wherever you are!!  Pretty soon we will post a list of places where you can personally purchase the raffle tickets. !!

You can contact us at   info@ecocultura.net   or 415-724-8643

Thank you!!!!

 Spanish version below……


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Continuamos fluyendo !!   “Todo lo grande comienza pequeño”

Gracias a quienes nos apoyaron en nuestra campaña de Indiegogo, estaremos realizando tres talleres de diseño y producción de marcos en bambú para bicicletas durante el segundo semestre del año. El primero es un taller “Hagalo usted mismo” con material de Calfee Design, el segundo es un “Laboratorio de Diseño” por COLADISOS donde exploraremos varios modelos, y el tercero es un taller dictado por un instructor experto.   Estos tres talleres estan orientados a participantes que apoyaran el entrenamiento de los jóvenes de Montebello en el 2015 y sera la semilla de una empresa social.

Ahora ustedes tienen la oportunidad de GANAR una Bicicleta de Bamboo hecha en Colombia, producto de este proyecto.  Las personas que compraron boletos para nuestra Gymkhana que se llevó a cabo en Enero participaran en esta rifa con los números que escogieron en ese entonces. Estaremos enviando tambien boletos a las personas que dieron una donación a traves de nuestra campana de Indiegogo como reconocimiento a su contribución. No hay un numero maximo o minimo para participar. Tampoco es requerida la compra de un boleto para participar.  Les pedimos una donacion sugerida de $20.00 por boleto para apoyar este proyecto. El ganador sera anunciado el 12 de Octubre en el Manantial Market Restaurant en Miami y la bicicleta sera entregada al ganador a mas tardar el 31 de October.

Coviertete en el ganador de una bella bicicleta de Bambú !!!  Si deseas apoyarnos con la compra de un boleto para la rifa te lo podemos enviar por correo donde te encuentres !!!  Próximamente te daremos también la lista de los lugares donde puedes pasar a comprar las boletas directamente.

Nos puedes enviar un mensaje a  info@ecocultura.net   o llamar al  415-724-8643

Mil gracias !!!!

Click here to get your Raffle Tickets –  Haz click aqui para adquirir tu boleto para la rifa



Our campaign “BambooCo Bikes for Colombian Youth” is over.  

 We will let you know, through social media, about our next fundraising efforts.

We would like to express our deep gratitude for your generous support. The money raised in this campaign will contribute to setup for a train the trainer workshop and start, in a smaller scale, the production of the bamboo bike frames in Montebello, Cali.

We have begun work on all of the “perks” that were claimed and will be starting our mailings as soon as possible.


Other ways you can help!

Please spread the word to friends and family and ask them to visit us at https://ecoculturablog.wordpress.com/ for updates about the project!

We also would like to extend our invitation to a planned visit to Montebello, Cali while the program is in course.


Hasta pronto!

Sonia y Calina ;)



Gracias a todas las personas que nos apoyaron!

 Nuestra campaña “BambooCo Bikes for Colombian Youth” ha terminado.  

 Les estaremos comunicando, a través de las redes sociales, sobre nuestros próximas actividades para consecución de recursos para el proyecto.

Queremos expresar nuestros más sinceros agradecimientos por su apoyo. El dinero que logramos reunir en esta campaña contribuirá a preparar un taller de “formador de formadores” con el cual se dará comienzo a la producción de marcos de bambú en Montebello, Cali.

Hemos comenzado la consecución de los “perks” que reclamaron y los estaremos enviando tan pronto como sea posible.


Otras maneras en las que pueden apoyar!

Por favor comparta la informacion con amigos y familia. Pidales que visiten nuestro blog https://ecoculturablog.wordpress.com/ donde encontraran actualizaciones sobre el proyecto!

También les queremos extender una invitación a Montebello, Cali durante el curso del proyecto, previa planeación.

Hasta pronto!

Sonia y Calina ;)


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