DR Congo taxi service puts women in the driver’s seat

In the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kinshasa, the first high-end all-female taxi service places women exclusively in charge, calling into question what was traditionally a predominantly male domain of the transport sector. Launched by a businesswoman two years ago, the service has been so successful that it is in the process of creating an academy to train up to 100 drivers. FRANCE 24 has this report.

Every day in Kinshasa, women can be seen behind the wheel of a number of bright pink cars whistling through the streets of the city. These cars belong to a carpooling service, Ubizcabs, which is an original idea of ​​Patricia Nzolantima. The educated entrepreneur at Harvard has big ambitions for the company and the women it employs.

“Since I became an entrepreneur, I have always invested in women, because I believe in women,” says Nzolantima. “I believe that African women will succeed where men have failed. Believe me: put women in a position of power and they will change the world. “

One client, Christelle Dibatasays Ubizcabs is a more comfortable and safer way to get around.

“I’ve always been a little afraid of driving in Kinshasa because it’s complicated,” she told FRANCE 24. “But seeing a woman behind the wheel gives you real confidence. It makes you realize yes, we can! “

Most of the interns, like Maricia, are recent graduates and, like most other female drivers, were previously unemployed.

“First of all, there were no female taxi drivers here in the DRC. So when I saw that they were hiring women, I said to myself: Well, that could be an opportunity for me. “

For Nzolantima, the sky is the limit. It now wants to develop internationally and compete with other carpooling services such as Lyft and Uber.

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