Women’s Empowerment — Bangalore Woman Goes From Sweeping To Driving An Audi

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The story of a woman who was earlier a sweeper but now drives an Audi is in itself an upliftment to many. If this does not inspire you, we aren't sure what will. Gayathri is one of the women trained under project Unnati - an initiative taken up by Maruti Suzuki.

Woman Goes From Being A Sweeper To Driving An Audi — Unnati By Maruti Suzuki

Women's day is here and it is around this time that initiatives taken up by various organisations and NGOs to empower women are brought into the limelight.

Woman Goes From Being A Sweeper To Driving An Audi — Unnati By Maruti Suzuki

Project Unnati is one such initiative taken up by Maruti Suzuki, that encourages women to take up driving as a profession. The women are equipped with the skill of driving and also trained in maintaining customer relations and other behavioural etiquettes.

Woman Goes From Being A Sweeper To Driving An Audi — Unnati By Maruti Suzuki

The women are then hired by one of Unnati's various taxi service partners. Based out of Bangalore, Gayathri took up a job as a sweeper at TaxShe - one of Unnati's taxi service partners.

Woman Goes From Being A Sweeper To Driving An Audi — Unnati By Maruti Suzuki

For a meagre salary of Rs 1,500 per month, she had agreed to sweep and swab the office and then clean the toilets as well. She then started noticing how the lives of women trained under Unnati changed and was soon wanting to try it out herself.

Woman Goes From Being A Sweeper To Driving An Audi — Unnati By Maruti Suzuki

She too took up the Unnati training for three months and started driving after that. This happened three years ago, and today Gayathri drives a client's Honda Accord and Audi.

Woman Goes From Being A Sweeper To Driving An Audi — Unnati By Maruti Suzuki

Gayathri did face a few struggles initially, as she drove slow, struggled to find routes and was a little too cautious in her driving approach. However, initiatives like Unnati helped her overcome this. She now drives around 20 children to school on a daily basis.

Gayathri is now in a position to earn around Rs 42,000 and plans to buy her own cab soon.

Woman Goes From Being A Sweeper To Driving An Audi — Unnati By Maruti Suzuki

DriveSpark Thinks!

It is great to see big organisations like Maruti Suzuki coming with initiatives such as Unnati to help women who are struggling. Initiatives like this go on throughout the year, but come up in the limelight only before, on, or after Women's day. These initiatives deserve attention throughout the year.

Woman Goes From Being A Sweeper To Driving An Audi — Unnati By Maruti Suzuki

Last year, a unique women's rally was conducted in which around 1,000 women drove their uniquely decorated cars from Mumbai to Aamby Valley to promote safety. More such drives can be expected this year as well.

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Story first published: Thursday, March 8, 2018, 8:00 [IST]

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