(Business in Cameroon) - The co-founders of the start-up ToliCar announce the launch of a carpooling platform on December 2, 2019.
According to the startup, for a start, this carpooling platform will cover the Yaoundé-Douala-Bafoussam-Yaoundé axis.
“ToliCar is an innovative platform, an economic and social community that brings together two categories of users: passengers and drivers. It is about connecting them. For instance, if a passenger wants to go from Douala to Yaoundé, he can easily meet a driver who is leaving the same point for the same destination on the same day,” explains Lucas Sigha, the startup’s managing partner.
The birth of ToliCar is the result of an experience by the managing partner. “It's really anecdotal. I was on my way to Yaoundé. Not being able to drive on the main roads of Cameroon, I asked to be accompanied and my cousin offered to do it. On the way back, we stopped at a gas station for coffee. There were lots of people on the roadside then, my cousin told me they were all waiting for vehicles to get to Yaoundé. He also asked me if we could take some of them in our car, which I accepted. When he went to the waiting crowd and shouted ‘Yaoundé’, I saw dozens of people running towards us, pushing one another, to be able to get into the vehicle. (...) That's when the idea of setting up a platform came from,” Lucas Sigha told the newspaper Defis Actuels.