By Allegra Abramo
For girls in rural Zambia, getting to school often involves walking at least an hour each way. Community health workers in Kenya must walk 40 to 60 minutes just to reach their health facilities, and even longer to visit clients in their homes. In Zimbabwe, employees of one company face an average 3.5-hour walk to work.
In these and other rural regions across the world, access to education, health care, and economic opportunity is severely constrained by a lack of reliable, efficient transportation. More than 600 million people walk as their primary mode of transportation in sub-Saharan Africa alone.