GEN_1 Design Wheelchair

Free Wheelchair Mission, Don Schoendorfer

Product description Brand name and product description

Free Wheelchair Mission, GEN_1 Design is a one-size-fits-all multipurpose wheelchair designed for use in rugged terrain.

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

Countries: Vietnam, India, China, Peru, Chile.

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

Free Wheelchair Mission in collaboration with other charitable organizations acting as local distribution partners.

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

Cost is borne by FWM and local distribution partners. Wheelchairs are distributed free of cost to beneficiaries.

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

Rough Rider Wheelchair (Whirlwind Wheelchair International), Rough Terrain Wheelchair (Motivation UK), Leveraged Freedom Chair (GRIT), ROC Wheels (Reach Out and Care). Here is a complete list of organizations distributing wheelchairs in the developing world (their own design and/or second-hand).

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 3: to improve and promote good health.

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

Physically disabled in developing countries. FWM lists the following as criteria for selecting wheelchair recipients that distribution partners must agree to: a) The physical condition of the individual prevents him or her from walking at this time;  b). The individual cannot afford to buy a wheelchair due to poverty;  c) The individual is not in possession of a wheelchair;  d) The individual is believed by the Distributor, and the family or personal friends of the individual interviewed by the Distributor’s representatives, to be physically and mentally capable of using and benefiting from the wheelchair; and  e) The individual has sufficient support from relatives or friends so that assistance is available to the individual with respect to his or her use of the wheelchair.

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