Winnifred Selby

  • Year Selected: 2014
  • Age at selection: 19
  • Venture: Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative
  • Country: Ghana
  • Sector: Manufacturing


At 15 years old co-founded Ghana Bamboo Bikes Intiative in an effort to address unemployment and environment degradation through effective use of local resources.

Light bulb moment:

  • 15 years old,
  • Co-created project to hand make bikes from bamboo, a local resource and environmentally friendly.
  • Primarily employees women who  train each other.

Where are we now:

  • Produce 60 to 100 bicycles a month.
  • Employ 10 employees with an average family of 5.
  • Increased productivity and efficiency experienced by customers.

Future plans:

  • Increase production capacity.

Other achievements:

  • Cartier Womens’ Initiative Award.
  • 2013 UNFCCC participant .

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