Green Solutions felicitated 15 of their women e-rickshaw drivers to commemorate
their first year of independence. The event took place in a community center in
George Town, Prayagraj. The women were gifted dinner sets to mark their first
year as entrepreneurs.
women e-rickshaw drivers ( Vahinis), addressed over 40 women present at the
event encouraging them to join the ranks of Vahini. They shared their stories
about how driving and owning e-rickshaws have made them self-reliant and the
challenges they had to overcome to become e-rickshaw drivers. The Vahinis spoke
with pride on their financial independence as a result of earning a stable
Green Solutions, a social enterprise backed by Shell Foundation started the Vahini
Project in December 2017. The project was undertaken to empower women to become
micro-entrepreneurs, owners and drivers of e-rickshaws. Owning the e-rickshaw
that they drive provides the women the flexibility to work at a time suitable
for them. The women work for two to five hours, depending on the time available
to them on a particular day and plied on fixed routes.
to Naveen Krishna, Managing Director of SMV Green Solutions, “The idea behind
this event was to encourage the Vahinis to continue leading the life of freedom
as a micro-entrepreneur. The event turned out to be a great success as nine
more women agreed to join the ranks of our existing Vahinis. The past year has
proven to be a significant time in their lives as they started earning a
dignified living as e-rickshaw drivers. The Vahinis earn a stable livelihood
and also manage their household chores in their own time.”
adds, “The objective of the Vahini project is to change the mindset of women on
driving e-rickshaws. Our aim is to create an ecosystem that empowers more women
to become self-reliant. SMV Green Solutions has worked with more than 300 women
over time, helping them earn higher wages. Each woman e-rickshaw driver is earning
Rs 500 to 600 per day.”
Green Solutions hopes to encourage more and more women to increase their income
and empower them to become micro-entrepreneurs.
Source: SMV Green Solutions
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