carpooling.mu

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carpooling.mu

Flacq, Mauritiusall, Mauritius
Year Founded:
2013
Organization type: 
hybrid
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
< $1,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The traffic in Mauritius is horrible and with the number of cars growing exponentially we will soon end up in a hell of traffic.

carpooling.mu is a platform that will enable communters find themselves for daily or one-off trips.

You will save money and there will be less CO2 emission.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

there was no more traffic
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The problem in Mauritius is that we are an island and there are only so many new roads that you can build and with the number of cars constantly rising, traffic is just getting worse every day. Hence, the scale of air pollution will also get worse.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Use carpooling.mu find people sharing your routes and instead of taking 4 cars to work, take only one. You can save as much as Rs 60000 per year, and in such hard times savings are always welcome. Moreover, in Mauritius and all other islands we are the first to be affected by global warming with the rise of water and it should be up to us to show the example to the bigger countries. With less cars, there will also be less CO2 emission and hence reduce effects of Global Warming. Heath will also be improved along with the quality of air.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

4 people going from Flacq to Ebene and back everyday, in 4 different cars. This would cost each of them approximately Rs 6000 each per month in petrol, and all 4 of them would need to concentrate on driving and all 4 cars would be releasing CO2 in the atmosphere. What if they knew each other or had a way to meet? What if they all registered on carpooling.mu and met. They could use only 1 car and use on about Rs 2000 each, hence saving Rs 4000 every month. Only 1 car would be releasing CO2 every day, instead of 4!

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

I have not yet been able to promote it sufficiently for it to have an impact.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

I have invested a lot of time and money on the project, and it was supposed to be a showcase for my training centre. But I now want to use advertising on the site (car, insurance or green companies) and use that money to be financially stable, as the training centre is working on a loss.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

none in Mauritius
Team

Founding Story

7 years ago, I had a really stressful work and having to go through 3h of heavy traffic was causing addional drain on my morale and energy everyday. One day when I saw the line of cars, I realised that all of them had a single driver and if we were sharing our cars, there would be no traffic! This is when I started to write the code in Java/J2EE 1.4 and when I learned Spring I started to write it again in Spring. In fact this project made be a better programmer in my work, because I learnt a lot more than my colleagues. It is currently in PHP.