Barbara Alink is a Dutch designer, architect, humanitarian, and inventor of the Alinker.
The Alinker story started with a comment of Barbara’s aging mother- Antonia Esman. While passing some elderly people with walkers and scooters, she said: "over my dead body will I ever use one of those!”. Barbara set out to design something better for her mum, but soon realised what was truly needed was a vehicle for social change, challenging our assumptions about people with mobility challenges. After all, we are all aging, but instead of dreading what's to come, now we can stay active, be energetic, and experience freedom and joy with The Alinker!
The Alinker was first introduced to the Dutch market via a crowdfunding campaign in 2014. In 2016, the Alinker was launched in North America through another highly successful crowdfunding campaign. The Alinker team is proud to have created something worth talking about, but most of all, the team is thankful for all the support from customers and Alinker champions in the community. The Alinker isn’t just for him or her, it’s for all of us.
Our mission is to create revolutionary ways for people who want to live an active life, despite existing or developing mobility challenges. Our goal is to make it as easy and fun as possible for people to stay physically active, socially connected, and emotionally engaged in the community.
"Do what you’re passionate about and take care of each other! Don’t let anything stand in your way"
- Barbara Alink
Barbara spent a considerable amount of time living abroad and working in countries like Afghanistan, building schools for girls. Her experiences of living in foreign countries opened her eyes to the significance of community participation and social inclusion. As such, the Alinker is committed to donating 1 out of every 100 Alinkers sold to landmine victims, through both veteran and amputee programs.