There are more female cab drivers on Nairobi roads than ever before and more are coming

Grace Mutuota never imagined herself making money from her vehicle as a taxi driver. The social worker lost her job in 2016 while working for a non-governmental organization in Nairobi.

“I was at a point where I could not start looking for jobs. I felt like I needed something else,” says the 49-year-old mother of three.

Her former colleagues, who shared morning commutes to work together, motivated her to sign up for Uber, which was attracting thousands of drivers in Kenya and beyond at the time. Mutuota went ahead and joined Uber to take advantage of the flexible working hours.

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