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INTRO


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INTRO


WE BUILD AMAZING BICYCLES THAT CARRY CARGO, POWER MACHINES, AND TRANSFORM LIVES IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

Our Work

Portal designs and manufactures a menu of bicycle products unlike anything you have ever seen before. Our products fit together like building blocks providing people a simple platform to create a variety of opportunities. With the right opportunities, people can do incredible things. 

Our Impact

Right now, people in Nepal are using our bicycles to deliver packages, move goods to sell, wash clothes, feed children, and transport themselves to work. Portal's bicycle platform allows individuals to choose the bicycle and tools that best meet their needs. 


 PEOPLE  >>  BICYCLES  >>  OPPORTUNITIES


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PEOPLE


PEOPLE


PEOPLE


 SERVE PEOPLE  >>  MAKE THEM SMILE  >>  SEE THEM FLOURISH 


Bharat Koirala

Salesman who uses his Portal Bicycle to carry goods such as sanitary and household supplies across Kathmandu to his clients. 

Mr. Rai

Owns a busy tea and momo shop and uses his cargo bike to transport necessary items such as water, vegetables and gas canisters.

Bishnu Gurung

Electrician who uses his Portal Bicycle to get himself and his equipment to job locations across the Patan area, Kathmandu.

 

Rajan Yonjan

Owns a plant nursery and delivers the beautiful flowers and shrubs he sells to nearby homeowners with the cargo bike. 

Umesh Ghimire

House painter who uses his Portal Bicycle to carry heavy buckets of paint and equipment between his house and jobs in the city.

Sankhar Lama

Buys wholesale loads of potato chips and uses his Portal Bicycle to take them to various shops and vendors to be sold locally.

 

Chaudry

Chaudry's family uses their Cargo Portal Bike to deliver goods to their store. This saves money on freight, and time in manual transportation, making their  business more profitable.   

Munna

Manages a children's home in southern Nepal. Before owning a Portal Bike, feeding and caring for these children required over 5 trips into town every day. Now, they can do it in one. 

Ratna

Rana works for KTM Couriers, an eco-friendly bicycle courier service. With the Cargo Bike they deliver larger, heavier goods and provide jobs in a country where unemployment is over 40%. 

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BICYCLES


BICYCLES


BICYCLES

We believe bicycles are the most incredible invention the world has ever known. Their simplicity & efficiency make them an engine of social mobility & opportunity.


CAPACITY   DISTANCE   TIME

The bicycle is the world's most efficient form of transportation. It allows a person to carry huge loads over incredible distances that can be covered in much less time than walking. 

5x more, 4x farther, 3x faster.  


 

THE PORTAL PLATFORM


BUY YOUR BIKE  >>  PICK YOUR TOOLS  >>  CHANGE YOUR WORLD  


 
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THE PORTAL CARGO BIKE

This is the foundation of the Portal Bikes system. The Portal Cargo Bike rides like a normal bicycle, yet it can carry huge loads. It is a flexible platform that is designed to connect with a broad range of tools and accessories. This allows the bike to be easily customized to suit a variety of applications. 

ATTACHMENTS & ACCESSORIES

These are the building blocks of the Portal Platform. Side wings can be exchanged to deliver different types of cargo. Tools can be connected and powered by the bicycle. Bags can be attached and removed. These building blocks allow the bicycle to adapt to a broad variety of applications quickly and easily. The range of possibilities is virtually infinite.

THE PORTAL PTO

Our Bicycle Power Take Off converts a bicycle into a pedal powered machine without compromising its capability as a bicycle. A rotating shaft provides power whenever the rear wheel is turning. A sturdy kickstand supports the bicycle, allowing it to be pedaled in a stationary position. Tools easily connect to the PTO, allowing the user to pump water, grind grain, generate electricity, wash clothes, etc. If it rotates, chances are pretty good you can power it with a Portal PTO.

 

BICYCLE SALES


SELLING BICYCLES TO CHANGE LIVES


We are focused on empowering the poor and helping them escape poverty. However, we don’t give our bicycles away. Instead, we use sales, subsidies, & micro loans to make our bicycles available to people.

We work on the premise that when a person purchases a bicycle, even if it is subsidized or financed, there is dignity, pride, and self confidence imparted. We believe these intangible factors play an equal if not greater role in overcoming poverty than simply having a bicycle, job, or business.

We do not sell bicycles for a profit, we sell bicycles to transform peoples lives and to cover our costs.  This means that money donated to Portal is cycled through the system over and over. Donated funds cover the manufacturing, sale and financing of a bicycle.  When the bicycle is paid for, that money re-enters the system to manufacture and sell another bike, each time transforming lives and families.

 

LOCATION


WHERE WE WORK


NEPAL

Right now, we are working in Nepal. Located between India and China, Nepal is one of the least developed countries in the world. Bicycles are perfect for the Kathmandu valley and all of southern Nepal. The Nepalese are amazing people, and we are delighted to be working alongside them in such a beautiful country.

Stay tuned in the years to come as we grow to serve people in countries around the world. 

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OPPORTUNITIES


OPPORTUNITIES


OPPORTUNITIES

WE WORK TO CREATE OPPORTUNITIES THAT HELP PEOPLE OVERCOME POVERTY AND LIVE HEALTHY, PRODUCTIVE LIVES


BUSINESS  >>  HEALTHCARE  >>  EDUCATION  


Business >> Portal Cargo Bikes adapt to many business needs from carrying cargo to washing clothes. With a Portal Bike, people can generate an income and overcome poverty.

In Practice >> A person collects laundry on their cargo bike and washes it in a pedal - powered washing machine.

Healthcare >> Portal Cargo Bikes can transport people to clinics and transport clinics to people. When people are healthy, they can attend school, work, and start businesses.  

In Practice >> Polio vaccinations are kept in coolers transported with cargo bikes to remote villages.  

Education >> Portal Cargo Bikes can transport students to schools and teachers to students. When people are educated, the cycle of poverty becomes a lot less cyclical.  

In Practice >> Mobile libraries carried on the back of cargo bikes are taken village to village every month.


PORTAL BIKES CREATE OPPORTUNITIES


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PAST>FUTURE


PAST>FUTURE



OUR PAST


OCTOBER 2013 - AUGUST 2014

  • Cargo bikes are being manufactured and tested under real world conditions in Nepal
  • Manufacturing workshop established in Nepal
  • Training program developed
  • 4 Nepali staff hired and trained
  • Interviews conducted with nearly 200 local Nepalis
  • 7 cargo bikes manufactured and in use
  • 2014 Summer Interns developed working prototype of pedal powered washing machine
  • Established first bicycle retailer relationship
  • 501c3 Non-profit status granted in USA
  • Portal registered as an official business in Nepal

  


OUR FUTURE


THE 1 YEAR PLAN

  • Scale our manufacturing to increase production of bicycles
  • Raise awareness of our project prior to launching a Kickstarter Campaign
  • Continue developing and testing PTO and cargo attachments
  • Launch a small scale micro-lending program
  • Quantify the real world impact of bicycles as businesses
  • Develop a broader bicycle distribution network

THE 5 YEAR PLAN

  • Expand our project throughout Nepal
  • Polish a business model that can be replicated in other countries