Women who work as cooks, domestic help, cleaners etc. travel long distances to get to their workplace. They generally have fewer mobility options, so they either walk or take public transport. This takes up a lot of their time and energy. They are exhausted once they are back home but still have household chores to attend to.
The Smart Commute Foundation is on a mission to empower women like Asha (pictured above), by giving them cycles and teaching them how to ride them. These cycles are specifically made for Indian women who wear sarees & salwar. It is lightweight and the handle is low.
EXAMPLES OF PEOPLE YOU WILL HELP
This is what Asha has to say:
She says "My name is Asha. I do housework. My first bicycle was stolen. This bicycle was given to me by Firoza Madam through her organization. This bicycle is very useful for me. It saves me a lot of time. The first thing is that we housewives don't get time to exercise. Cycling makes me exercise. Going to the bus stop took me 15 mins but now because of the cycle, I reach in 5 min. I get to spend more time with my family now."
My name is Mohammed Burhan Patel. I am a Architect / Urban Designer year old 26 and am based out of Mumbai.
I have undertaken this campaign because I think it's amazing that a cycle can completely transform the life of a woman. They are not only a low-cost and effective game-changer, but also give a big boost to the confidence of women and help them economically. The other unique factor is that many of these women who get a cycle are those who have never ridden one before. Teaching them cycling and then giving them a cycle will have massive impact.
The cost of teaching them, giving them a cycle and monitor the entire project is just INR 8000 per woman. This has an impact not just for a month or year but a lifetime. The cycles that are being given to them are ladies cycles with a front basket which will make it convenient for them to use irrespective of what they are wearing .
Please support my campaign and let us together bring confidence and change into the lives of our many many women.
THE KIND OF CYCLES THAT WILL BE GIVEN
*This model is indicative
ABOUT THE PARTNERS
SMART COMMUTE FOUNDATION
Smart Commute Foundation (SCF) is an organisation that is deeply entrenched in the sustainability space. It conceptualizes, details, and implements programs that promote a healthier, greener and happier city by encouraging people to adopt cycling as a means of daily commute. The Foundation is based on 4 primary pillars: Advocacy, Policy Intervention, Road Safety and Execution. The Foundation works closely with Civic authorities, Corporate entities, Educational Institutions and citizens of Mumbai to bring about a revolutionary change by adopting non-motorised means of transport, with a special emphasis on cycling.
ROTARY CLUB OF BOMBAY HANGING GARDEN
Rotary Club Bombay Hanging Garden was chartered on 16th May 1986. The Rotary Club of Bombay Central sponsored it. The charity arm of the club Rotary Club of Bombay Central Island Trust was formed in the year 2004 under the umbrella of the Rotary Club of Bombay Hanging Garden.
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding of goodwill and peace through the improvement of health the support of education and the alleviation of poverty. The Foundation is a not for profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.
Funding for this campaign is eligible for tax breaks as Rotary Club of Bombay Island Trust is a registered & you can avail of benefits under section 80G of IT act.
Will we get to know the details of how the money was spent?
Yes. After the money has been collected it will be transferred by Fueladream to Rotary Club Bombay Hanging Garden. It will take from 60 to 120 days after that to get details of who the beneficiary was with details of them. Once I get this information from them I shall upload the picture of the beneficiary on the UPDATES section of this campaign. You will then get an alert & can read details about the beneficiaries.
When do I get the receipts?
It takes up to 2-3 weeks after the campaign is closed for the monies to be transferred to the NGO. The receipts will start getting processed about 6 weeks AFTER the campaign is closed and will be sent to you directly.
How does crowdfunding work?
Crowdfunding in India is a relatively new concept & is growing very quickly.
It’s a concept that allows a large number of funders (like you) to fund an idea or a cause or event by giving small amounts of money online. Fueladream.com is a crowdfunding platform in India that allows for such pooling of funds. You can fund innovations & ideas on FuelADream and be the first to get these products or make them come true. You can also do a good turn by funding charities and causes through crowdfunding. When you fund a charity it’s more like a donation & you get small innovative rewards like a shout-out on an FB page or a thank you email from the beneficiaries.