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article imageWoman cab driver encourages other women to drive in Afghanistan

By Owen Weldon     Feb 26, 2015 in World
In Afghanistan, the majority of taxi drivers are males, but Sara Bahayi, 40, is a female taxi driver who is trying to change that.
Bahayi is Afghanistan's first female taxi driver, and she teaches other women in the country to drive too. As of now, she has 15 women who are her pupils.
Bahayi said that she is proud to be a taxi driver, and she is serving her people and her country. She said that a safer and more comfortable environment could be created if there were other female drivers.
In the past, things were not that easy for her, as she said she used to receive repeated death threats from people who were threatened by her actions.
According to Washington Post, Bahayi makes $10-$20 per day, which is enough to provide for her family, which includes her ailing mother and 10+ relatives.
As a taxi driver, Bahayi has tested boundaries, which included taking passengers to a Taliban area. That area was a place every male taxi driver refused to drive to. Another time, she convinced the man that his beliefs were wrong, as he thought that women were prohibited from driving because he thought Islam didn't allow it.
Not only is Bahayi a taxi driver, but she is also a beekeeper. She says she produces more than 40KG of honey annually.
She said that her bee farm brings in a lot of benefits. Bahayi continued to say that women should get involved with it too, as it can boost the economy and their financial needs.
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