Now, women de­liver goods for start-ups

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Manoj Sharma let­ters@hin­dus­tan­

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.

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