Diva Taxi: New taxi service with Women-only drivers hits Kampala

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Created last summer, Diva Taxi is trying to find a place among the driver applications of the capital Kampala. Behind the wheel, only female drivers, in a country where taxis are overwhelmingly men.

First customer of the day for Edith, driver for Diva Taxi since last summer. An essential activity for the young woman, who is looking for new sources of income.

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“Honestly, I really need this money. I have costs, especially during this time of the Covid-19 pandemic. Although I have also returned to my old job, I am not earning as much as I used to. So I have to do all I can to work here and there, to be able to earn enough, ”says Edith.

Before being a taxi, Edith was first and foremost a waitress in a bar. Working as a driver at the same time allows her to supplement her salary, without much constraint on the schedule.

“I needed to find something very flexible, because another job would have taken a long time. So with Diva, we can decide to only do one race that will only take 30 minutes, but at least we’ll have enough money to pay for our gasoline, “continues Edith. “So what I do is take one client in the morning, then another during my lunch break, then in the evening. This way, I don’t neglect my job. ”

The origins of Diva Taxi

The idea to ride Diva Taxi was born last year, during lockdown in Uganda. Sharon Rutega, 32, is one of the company’s co-founders. She decided to go into entrepreneurship after losing her job in microfinance due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We had no more income, we were at home and there was nothing we could do. But on the other hand, we still had the same fees. So, we decided to set up our own transport business. We thought about how we could work with other women, because they too were affected by the crisis, “recalls Sharon Rutega.

Give women a chance to professionalize

Since the inception of Diva Taxi, around 150 women have worked for the application. All female drivers participate in training, especially self-defense, before starting their activities.

For Sharon Rutega, the idea is to give women a chance to professionalize. “The other transportation applications are overwhelmingly male and for a woman to be chosen to be a driver, it takes a very long time. So we thought: why not create our own platform, so that we can work together, support each other and earn our own money. Our cars can really feed us and our families, ”she says.

A second office was opened in December to respond to inquiries from customers arriving at Entebbe International Airport.

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