Nagpur: Uber, the world’s largest personal mobility company, announced a partnership with the Government of Maharashtra’s Tribal Development Department for training women from scheduled tribes to drive, thereby empowering them to earn livelihoods.
The partnership with the Maharashtra government’s Tribal Research and Training Institute will provide driver training to tribal women across the state. Eligible women driver-partners will receive a 100% subsidy to purchase autorickshaws in Nagpur, and 80% subsidies to purchase compact cars in Nashik, Pune, and Mumbai, which will be deployed on Uber’s platform.
Sharing details of the partnership, Krishna Veer Singh, Head of West, Uber India & South Asia, said, “We are proud to spearhead this initiative with the Tribal Development Department to empower tribal women in Maharashtra. Uber aims to create women micro-entrepreneurs, who have the independence to earn their livelihoods at their own convenience and we’re confident these women will inspire and empower communities.”
Uber’s technological expertise combined with the expanding sharing or gig economy has the potential to create large scale entrepreneurial opportunities. By offering skills development and flexibility, Uber can help people who have been traditionally excluded from the job market to earn sustainable livelihoods.