Founder of Atma Cycles, Australia
Over half of all schoolgirls in India do not complete their education. Research suggests that part of this problem is due to their inability to travel the distance. In the report “Cycling to School: Increasing Secondary School Enrolment for Girls in India, 2013” it was shown that if bicycles were on offer to schoolgirls then it improved overall attendance by 30%. This is a substantial movement towards alleviating poverty because “Investment in girls’ education may well be the highest-return investment available in the developing world.”- Lawrence H. Summers, Former Undersecretary for International Affairs.
In order to facilitate this in the best way possible Atma Cycles has partnered with an Indian non-profit, Mann Deshi Foundation to ensure that the bicycles reach the girls who are most in need.
This program has been running since 2009 in the Satara District of Maharashtra, India and has given over 7,400 bicycles to schoolgirls so far.
Atma Cycles role is to boost this program and give it the resources it needs to spread to other areas.