Booomers is a social enterprise founded in 2014 by Kwabena Danso with a mission to produce high quality, affordable bamboo products that have economic and social benefits to customers around the world. Since our foundation we have made and delivered more than 2,500 bike frames and thousands of bamboo accessories, from bicycle baskets to children’s tricycles.
Our factory is in Apaah, Ghana where we provide on-the-job training and a steady income that can be difficult to find in rural Ghana. It means our team don’t have to leave their home villages or towns to find work. We employ over 50 young people aged between 18 and 29. We also indirectly employ 20 young people who harvest and 200 farmers who cultivate bamboo.
The Booomers journey began in 2009 when frame-building pioneer Craig Calfee introduced Kwabena to the special properties of bamboo for bicycle frames. Kwabena saw an opportunity to help young people in rural areas of Ghana develop new skills by crafting a high performance handmade product using local sustainable materials. We developed a range of frames and our partner, MyBoo, submitted them for testing in Germany, Taiwan and Australia to receive quality certifications. In 2015 we started exporting bamboo bike frames to Germany and now have happy customers across Australasia, North America and Europe.
As cyclists across the world enjoy their bamboo bicycles we want to make sure that local Ghanians can enjoy them too and have gifted 150 bamboo bicycles to local schools in partnership with UNESCO. We support 400 school children through scholarships and fund libraries and computer labs across the region. All our revenue comes from product sales and we reinvest profits to employ more people and fund education projects in rural communities.
The work of Booomers and our founder has been recognised and supported through local and international programmes including the YouthActionNet program, the UK Department for International Development’s ENGINE project, the Tony Eleumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Program and the African Entrepreneurship Award. Most recently Kwabena was selected for the Obama Foundation Leaders African Programme 2018.
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MEET THE TEAM
Kwanbena Danso, CEO
Kwabena is recognised as a leading social entrepreneur in Africa and in 2018 was selected for the Obama Foundation African Leaders Programme. While studying at the University of Ghana in 2004, he founded the Yonso Project to improve educational opportunities for children in rural areas. His leadership ability was recognised by the International Youth Foundation in 2010 who awarded him a fellowship. After becoming a mentor in the Green Economy Eco-Business Innovation Challenge he founded Booomers International in 2014.
Amo Charles, Foreman
Amo was one of the pioneer workers at the factory and has over five years experience in bamboo bicycle production. Amo is a high school graduate who could not afford to go on to further education. He is now our Factory Foreman making sure that production processes run smoothly so that every product meets our high quality standards.
Selena Amponsah Boateng, Assistant Ops Officer
Selina joined Booomers in 2014 and now has over three years experience in building bamboo bicycles, with a specialism in wrapping. Before this Selena was the Microfinance Officer at the Yonso Project.
Abdul Mumin Abdul Razak, Operations Officer
Abdul Mumin is a professional cyclist and is currently the National Champion of Ghana. He has represented his country at the Commonwealth Games and Africa Cycling Championships. Mumin joined the company in 2017 after working part-time as our mechanic and is now our Operations Officer. He oversees quality control and doubles as the company’s mechanic with over 12 years’ experience in bicycle mechanics.