Irfan alam born in begusarai district, bihar started off with 100 such rickshaws in 2007. Today, over three lakh rickshaw-pullers from across the country are registered with Sammaan Foundation . While 10,000 and odd are pedaling the special rickshaws, the process is underway to help others. US President Barack Obama called him to attend the “Entrepreneurship Summit” scheduled for April in Washington DC, America.
A 27-year-old from Begusarai in Bihar and his typically Indian thirsts of entrepreneurship exhibited through his company Sammaan Foundation that he established in Patna in 2007.
Irfan Alam, the founder and chairman, Sammaan Foundation came out with an innovative idea and transformed it into a business model. It relates to the cycle rickshaw pulling business where the men engaged hardly made a respectable earning. Alam’s idea made it profitable and honorable with small but innovative changes. In Alam’s business plan, rickshaw puller makes the ride for the commuter more comfortable and enjoyable with provision of music, magazine/news papers, and even first aid. He designed the rickshaws in such a way that it gives ample space to put the advertisement on the side, front and back panels of the rickshaw. Rickshaw puller additionally earns from various value-added services such as sale of mineral water, juices, mobile recharge, courier collection, bills collections. The company intrudes for the first time prepaid rickshaws in India.