>> I need to inspire women out there.>> Ferida Calmace, is a single mother with five children, living in Kenya's capital. She works 12 hours a day as a cab driver. When her children are in school and at night, when they are asleep.>> To me, it's the best option I had.
Because, instead of just sitting at home, asking for handout from family members or from anyone, I'd rather hustle on my own.>> She's one of a growing number of women taking work as cab drivers and challenging ideas about traditional gender roles in the country. Advances in technology are helping the women to get behind the wheel, work flexible hours and start providing for themselves and their families.
Kenya's economy has been steadily growing over the last decade, but women have often missed out. The country only allowed women to own property in 2010. And only one in three have made it into the workforce. But as cab hailing apps mushroomed in the capital, so too is the number of women in employment.
One local platform witnessed the 13-fold increase in it's roster of female drivers over the last two years.>> We started early last year and we were very few. We were 15 of us, and the number has grew to 121 ladies so far.>> It's not always a smooth ride.
These women say they sometimes face discrimination and harassment when working at night during a, quote, man's job. But they say app features can help keep them safe. The company can track them via GPS and they can look at passenger ratings before taking a job. It's not lucrative work though.
Drivers can earn as little as 30 US cents per minute and 25% of their earnings go to the company, but it's a start. Ferida says she hopes to one day own her own fleet of cabs.