Businessman Buys 10,000 Bikes To Give To Kids Who Walk Miles To School


  • Myanmar businessman Mike Than Tun Win has bought 10,000 brand new ride-sharing bikes so he can donate them to poor children across the country.
  • Mike said he sees students who walk miles, up to one hour from home to school, to attend classes.
  • The entrepreneur added that when he saw an opportunity to buy the bikes at a fraction of price, he bought them through his non-profit organization called LessWalk.

A Myanmar entrepreneur has bought 10,000 brand new ride-sharing bikes from different companies and is donating them to poor children across the country.

Businessman Mike Than Tun Win is buying up the bikes and making them suitable for students through his non-profit organization called LessWalk.

Photo Credit: LessWalk

Mike is also the founder of Flymya.com, the leading online travel portal in Myanmar, providing flights, hotels, tour packages, car rental, and event tickets, according to CrunchBase. He is also the chief executive of BOD Tech Co, an organization that helps to build online stores that deal in travel, retail and food delivery as well as others.

“It’s a common sight to see lines and lines of students walking long distances from home to school in rural villages,” Mike told Tech Crunch. “Some students can walk up to one hour from home to school and the families can hardly afford a simple form of transport like bicycle or motorcycle… a school bus is almost unheard of to the students in rural villages.”

Mike was elated to buy the bikes at $40 per unit, costing a total of $400,000. He said that 50% of the money for the project has been funded through donations to LessWalk, then he provided the rest.

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“Suddenly, there was an opportunity to buy [these bikes] at fraction of price. The benefit it can develop is well beyond that cost,” Mike said.

Mike plans to work with government organizations to identify potential beneficiaries in Myanmar, which has more than nine million students.  The primary focus is students aged 13-16 who walk over a mile to school each day.

“I’m only halfway through the journey. The remaining 50 percent is making sure we have an impact,” Mike said.

 

Source: Sunny Skyz

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