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Job profile! Mobile bicycle repair shop in Quebec, Canada: demand for social entrepreneurs

In Quebec, Canada, I'm interested in this one Business idea struck: a mobile bicycle workshop that comes in handy to customers and helps them repair their bikes themselves - and that for free too. She finds support for helping people to help themselves at the city's bike shops, of all places.

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Help for self-help as a market gap

In Quebec Down-town, on Place Jacques-Cartier in front of Bibliothèque Gabrielle-Roy, I happened to meet Justin Moisan. He has a master's degree in literary sciences, but he felt like working with his hands.

And soon recognized a niche in the market: “There are many people who want to repair their bikes themselves instead of having it repaired at great expense in the shop. But you can't borrow the appropriate tools for it anywhere. "

Quebec's mobile bike shop

Thus he founded 2007 a workshop de reparation de velo outpatient, in German a mobile bike workshop, which he baptized in the name of RAJ Velo.

RAJ stands for Justin's first sponsors, the Ragrupment Autonomous de Jaume, the autonomous youth groups. The autonomous collective is the source of money for the first tools that he bought for his workshop.

Everything started with courses

It all started with bike repair rates that Justin gave once a week. For about two years, he has been regularly on the Place Jaques Cartier, where the poorer inhabitants of Quebecs lived so far.

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Three hours a week, Justin turns up for his little idea. In total, 10 people are involved, who are there and help each other. A real community project, that is financed from donations. The customers do not pay anything for the repair.

A business without permission

Justin does not have a permit, nor does he need one, as he explains: “The police sometimes came by, but what should they say; we repair bicycles here and for free! "

In fact, that's small Company in reality none at all: that Objective is not about making money, but about helping people.

The economy has also recognized the benefits of this idea

Astonishingly, there are also some support from the bike shops in the city, which provide him with tools and spare parts. Like mountain equipment, as a cooperative itself, a company with social aspirations, as Justin explains.

I ask whether these stores are competing with themselves. “Oh no,” says Justin, “The people who come to us wouldn't go to the shop anyway. But if we don't have certain spare parts, we send people to the shop. So there is even advertising for the bike shops. "

Do not wait until someone changes something: change it yourself

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But Justin, who has just made the students' strikes against higher tuition fees, also associates the idea with a political message:

"You don't have to wait until someone changes something - just change it yourself" - that's what he wants to show people here.

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