The Iconic Rickshaw
Rickshaws empower people and communities by providing:
- A Source of Income
- Affordable Access from Remote Regions
- Participation in Urban Economic Activity
- Public Transport
- Minimal Upkeep
- An Artistic Form of Expression
- Tourism Appeal
We envision the Rickshaw – a cultural icon across developing and emerging nations – as a beacon of hope.
Scattered throughout rural & urban cities around the world, rickshaws are a traditional way of transport, akin to London’s Black Cab. Originally, they were simply human pulled carts, but today auto rickshaws are an essential form of transport and a great source of pride for billions of people around the world.
pronunciation - \’rik-,sho\ - noun
The word rickshaw originates from the Japanese word jinrikisha (jin = human, riki = power or force, sha = vehicle), which literally means "human-powered vehicle". In 1874, The word rickshaw/ricksha was included in the Oxford English Dictionary as a relation of jinricksha/jinrikisha. The word ricksha was used as a manual laborer's slang word in Japan.
origin: 17th Century