Interview with an Azad Foundation trainee
Pinky Singh is in the midst of a six month training course to become a female taxi driver. Her training is part of a program by the Azad Foundation in India to put thousands of female drivers on the road and bring economic empowerment to some of Delhi's most vulnerable women.
In addition to the interview above, Pinky spent much of our conversation speaking about the injustices women face based on their percieved lower status in society. She said that—after only three day in the Azad training program—she already felt safer in Delhi because of the sense of community and shared courage the program's women experience.
After witnessing the transformative power of Azad's livelihood training firsthand, I was most struck by how the organization's fierce dedication to their mission and public/private partnership (after training the women are employed by Sakha cabs, Azad's profitable social enterprise sister). Using an NGO program to bridge the gap between a vulnerable population and a steady paycheck is brilliant, and I would love to see more of this type of work.
Thanks to Pinky for sharing her story.