In light of the current Novel Covid-19 (coronavirus) impact in the city, Three Wheels United (TWU), a Bangalore based social enterprise has launched a programme for auto drivers to provide delivery services for residents in Bengaluru who are in need of essential goods like groceries and medicines.
As ride hailing plummets, auto rickshaw drivers have less revenue due to decreased activities. In line with their mission to improve livelihoods of Auto rickshaw drivers, Three Wheels United is providing their participating auto rickshaw drivers a guaranteed minimum income during these tough times.
Beside supporting their drivers, this public initiative has two other goals – one, to help individuals, especially the elderly, access essential services, two, to help local stores make enough income by connecting them to consumers who are in need of their services. This delivery service will be provided at a low cost or free of cost for the most vulnerable people (such as the elderly and lower-income households).
Commenting on the initiative, Rosemary Pierce-Messick, Executive Director of Three Wheels United Foundation, said, “The uncertainty caused by COVID19 has impacted the livelihoods of many across the country. During these challenging times, we are committed to supporting auto rickshaw drivers and their families, and TWU management is forfeiting a large part of their salary to make this possible. It is a small gesture but we hope it will make a big difference”.
About Three Wheels United (TWU)
Three Wheels United is a Bangalore based social enterprise that offers holistic financing solutions for auto drivers to own a light electric vehicle, such as an electric auto rickshaw. It was started with an aim to reduce pollution while generating more income for light vehicle operators by helping them switch to electric vehicles.