About us

Three Wheels United is a private limited Company incorporated under the provisions of Companies Act of 1956. We are a Bangalore based for-profit social enterprise which aims to improve the quality of life for millions of auto-rickshaw drivers in India and their families. We build a network of trusted auto-rickshaw drivers through our community building partners. Provide the drivers with affordable loan schemes, create other revenue streams for them and encourage them to use a clean technology (by migrating from more polluting 2 strokes auto-rickshaws to 4 strokes auto-rickshaws) thereby making positive environmental impact and influencing their behaviour towards passengers .

Challenge

There are 5 million auto rickshaw drivers in India. About 20 million lives are dependent on these drivers’ income, which is a paltry 3 dollars per driver per day. The driver has no access to banks, no savings, and no social security. Many drivers do not even own the auto rickshaw and hence remain in a cycle of exploitation from the auto rickshaw owners. As a result, many drivers are very rude and unprofessional to the commuters and hence perceived as a menace. Also, most of the drivers use the 2 strokes auto-rickshaws which produce too much noise and air pollution.

Solution

Three Wheels United aims to bring about a holistic change in this ecosystem – particularly in the lives of the drivers – with our composite solution. The company is co-created with the auto rickshaw driver communities itself. We developed a three pillar solution: financial services, additional streams of income and we assist the drivers to migrate from the 2strokes auto-rickshaws to a 4 strokes. We call our package “NammaAuto”. To bring the solution to the drivers, we organize them into their own community.

With this business model, our drivers are trained how to behave towards commuters, they have a better life style, use more eco-friendly auto-rickshaws and hence the building of our brand “NammaAuto”

Impact

We strive to improve earnings for the drivers by over 70 percent, reduce harmful emissions by 30 percent and improve the living conditions of the rickshaw drivers.

Check out this video made by the New York Times.