Africycle works to improve access to quality and affordable bicycles in Malawi. It achieves this through a network of partners and supporters who collect and ship secondhand bicycles to its program from around the world. Once the bicycles are received in Malawi, they are rebuilt by a team of locally trained mechanics who return the bikes to like-new condition, ready for sale. The bicycles are then sold at a low cost, helping the group to mobilize people in rural communities that can realize the greatest impact of improved transportation. Selling the bicycles allows Africycle to maintain a sustainable model in which funds are used to cover the cost of shipping bikes and local operations, all while mobilizing Malawians as effectively as possible. Africycle also reinvests in the local communities through bike donations to local volunteer organizations and by funding community child care programs that are helping to feed more than 500 orphaned and vulnerable children.
A 2020 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network helped Africycle provide twenty bikes to girls rescued from child marriages in Malawi, working with Chief Theresa Kachindamotothe, a traditional Ngoni leader and senior chief of the Dedza district, and her organization, Kachindamoto Foundation.