Now, women deliver goods for start-ups
They share a common belief: that being able to ride a scooter has put them on the road to freedom and economic independence. A growing number of women from the economically weaker sections are now working as delivery girls — considered a male bastion — in cities such as Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore.
Start-ups Even Cargo and Hey Deedee, among others, train women in driving, soft skills, self-defence, handling logistics and finances. Most of these women have studied up to high school and earn about Rs10,000 per month. Their aspirations vary. In Delhi, they talk about ‘freedom’ but in Mumbai and Bangalore, they say it is about a better source of livelihood.