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Here is an account of another inspiring woman entrepreneur, Padmasree Harish, who has taken an offbeat track to realize her passion – and empower women auto drivers.
Finding a female auto rickshaw driver is in itself surprising to many of us. Imagine how surprising it it is to find a company training women to be auto drivers. I was not just amazed but very inspired to learn about one such venture, a much needed, welcome change to our otherwise conventional society which reserves this profession for men.
Padmasree Harish is the Co-Founder of Easy Auto, a setup which provides training to women who want to drive auto rickshaws for a livelihood. The sole aim behind starting Easy Auto was to provide a safe travel platform for women. It was a success in its first launch in Bihar, and the founders are in the process of setting it up in Bangalore and then taking it to other metros.
As a woman, I feel safety is on the minds of many other women while opting for private transport and what better way to hire an auto than one run by a woman? This kind of initiative has many advantages to women and society at large, these include:
We were happy to have Padmashree Harish as part of the last Breaking Barriers event at Bangalore by Women’s Web for women entrepreneurs. I am sure that her story inspired fellow entrepreneurs. Watch this short video!