KARUNA-SHECHEN, India

E-Rickshaws Drivers Program

Karuna-Shechen, an NGO founded by Matthieu Ricard in 2000, provides health services, education, community support and women's empowerment programs with a positive impact on the environment. Each year, more than 300,000 people benefit from these programs in impoverished areas of northern India, Nepal and Tibet.

Karuna-Shechen India, the Indian branch of the association, focuses on the development and empowerment of rural communities in Bihar and Jharkhand. The organization works mainly in 4 sectors of activity, including women's empowerment (vocational training, literacy, personal hygiene workshops, etc.). It sets up sustainable programs in active participation with local communities.

In order to support the emancipation of women in India through professional integration, Karuna-Shechen has set up the Electric Rickshaw Driver Program. Within the framework of this program, women in great precariousness are trained to become drivers of e-rickshaws, a profession that is largely male-dominated. The association provides them with the rickshaw, subsidized at 50%, the rest being reimbursed according to the number of trips made.