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Bicycle frames are usually made out of materials like carbon fiber, steel or aluminum. But in rural Ghana, a businessman has developed another way to make bicycles from a natural product -- bamboo.
Bamboo does not get much respect in Ghana. Farmers think of bamboo as an unwanted plant that needs to be cleared from their land. Construction workers use it to support buildings while they are being built.
But Kwabena Danso thinks bamboo is much more valuable. He operates a business called Booomers International. His company makes bicycle frames out of bamboo. The wooden bike parts are sent from Mr. Danso's village to other countries, including Germany, the Netherlands and Australia.
但是克瓦贝纳·丹索（Kwabena Danso）认为竹子更有价值。他经营了一家名为Booomers International的公司。该公司用竹子制造自行车车架。这种竹制自行车零件从丹索的村子发往包括德国、荷兰以及澳大利亚在内的其它国家。
Kwabena Danso says bamboo can help a country like Ghana in many ways. He says he wants to, in his words, "get the people to know that there's a great advantage to bamboo."
Young men from nearby villages come to work at Booomers International. They sand, glue and connect the bamboo frames. The company makes about 50 of the bicycle frames each month. The bamboo is grown locally. The glue to hold the parts together is made of flour from the cassava plant.
Mr. Danso says Booomers International provides good jobs to young men like Abdul Razak. He serves as a foreman or supervisor for the company. Mr. Razak says that without this job, he would still be living at home with his parents. He adds that the job helps him a lot.
丹索先生表示，Booomers International公司为阿卜杜勒·拉扎克（Abdul Razak）这类年轻人提供了很好的工作机会。拉扎克是该公司总监。他说，如果没有这份工作，他大概还跟父母住在一起。他补充说，这份工作给了他很大帮助。
Kwabena Danso has sold only a few of his bamboo bicycle frames within Ghana. Walter Kudzodzi is one of his customers. He bought a bicycle earlier this year. Mr. Kudzodzi says his bike gets a lot of attention when he rides around his neighborhood.
"For example on Saturday, I rode about five kilometers around my neighborhood and everywhere I went, people were just looking at me. And once and a while you hear the exclamation, ‘Hey, it's made out of bamboo, hey, that's the bamboo bicycle,' yeah know, and anytime I stopped to take a breather, people come close to me and say, ‘Wow, we heard about this, but this is the first time we've seen it. Is it functional?' Does it work? I say yeah, try it."
Mr. Danso's business has received lots of orders for his bicycles. He says Booomers is ready for expansion. He hopes to have more of his bamboo frames not just in foreign countries, but also on the roads of Ghana.
And that's the VOA Learning English Technology Report. For more technology stories, go to our website 51voa.com. I'm Jonathan Evans.