Help Indian Rickshaw-Pullers Become Self-Employed

by Center For Rural Development


The project creates a sustainable livelihood for poor, rural migrants living in urban India, helping them become self-employed through Rickshaw Bank. To date, 360 pullers have attained credit this way
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There are 5 million rickshaw pullers in India. A random survey across the country reveals that 95% of rural migrants and unemployed men pull rickshaws to earn their bread on a daily-hire basis and continue that way throughout their lives. They are denied use of the post office or bank. Many who seek credit to purchase a new rickshaw become victims of high interest rates. Thus, the Rickshaw Bank acts as an alternative credit delivery system.


Launch a program whereby the pullers come to own their own rickshaws, simply by paying the standard rent for 10 to 12 months.

Long-Term Impact

Apart from ownership of rickshaws, the project would provide social security and connect pullers with financial institutions. Holistic development of pullers' families--including health and children’s education-- would be facilitated.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Center For Rural Development

Location: Guwahati, ASSAM - India
Website: http:/​/​
Center For Rural Development
Project Leader:
Pradip kumar Sarmah
Executive Director
Guwahati, Assam India

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