Riders: a social enterprise

We are proud to be a part of the global community of social entrepreneurs.

Across the world social entrepreneurs are taking on some of the world’s biggest and most challenging problems. By recognising and building the talents and abilities of the people living in developing countries, and applying their own innovations and experience, social entrepreneurs are able to create enduring social benefits. Riders is one of these organisations.

“Social entrepreneurs seize opportunities that challenge and change forever established but fundamentally inequitable systems.”

The Skoll Foundation

By combining the appropriate technology with new systems for looking after it, Riders have created a solution to the problem of a lack of transportation which is sustainable, replicable and scalable. By providing training programmes for technicians, mechanics and fleet managers, Riders is building capacity in Africa and is developing a lasting infrastructure for the future.

How our business model works

Riders’ programmes are designed to become financially self-sustaining in the long-term. Our model is flexible, and means that Riders’ programmes are replicable and can work just as effectively for a small fleet of two or three motorcycles as it does for a government ministry’s fleet of hundreds of two and four wheeled vehicles.

Riders for Health works with other social entrepreneurs allowing communities to work together and transfer their skills.

“Together with our other social entrepreneurs, Riders represents an incredibly powerful force for systematic change.”

Sally Osberg, president and chief executive of the Skoll Foundation


We have won many awards for social entrepreneurship and have been recognised by world's leading social enterprise organisations:

Skoll Foundation

The Skoll Foundation drives large-scale change by investing in, connecting, and celebrating social entrepreneurs and the innovators who help them solve the world’s most pressing problems.

Schwab Foundation

In partnership with the World Economic Forum, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship is a leading global platform that accelerates outstanding models of social innovation.


Ashoka builds and cultivates a community of change leaders who see that the world now requires everyone to be a changemaker.

Awards & Recognition

2015 Lipman Family Foundation Prize for Leadership and Innovation
2013 Duke University Fuqua Enterprising Social Innovation Award
Third Sector Excellence Award
High Impact Excellence Award
2013 Barclay’s Woman of the Year, Riders co-founder Andrea Coleman
2013 Big Impact Award, Third Sector Excellence Awards
2013 The Resolve Award, Aspen Institute’s Global Leader’s Council for Reproductive Health
2013 Top 100 NGOs, The Global Journal
2012 Best Transport Achievement Award, Fleet Forum
International Health Promotion Awards
Third Sector Awards for Social Enterprise
Paul Harris Fellowship
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award
The Tech Museum Award
Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship
Global Health Council Award
Schwab Foundation Social Enterprise Award
2002 HSBC Financial Sustainability Award
World Bank Development Marketplace Award
Nedlloyd / Worldaware Award
UK National Lottery Award
Price Michael Road Safety International Award
UK Charity of the Year
Worldaware Award

Get in touch

Contact any of our country programmes, or get in touch with our international team about working together, press and media, funding and more.