The story of Taxshe is not just about women’s safety; it’s a story about empowerment and entrepreneurship, and bringing women from the most underprivileged sections of society into the workforce.
Taxshe is an exclusive all-women driver-on-demand and cab service running in Bengaluru, India since 2015, which provides transportation services to school children and women workers.
Vandana Suri started Taxshe after the rape of a woman in a taxi made news headlines and made her sit up and take a decision about how she was going to contribute towards creating a safer environment for women and children.
She has not looked back since.
The service now has over a hundred women drivers driving more than 600 children to schools and coaching centers and as many women to offices and airports in Bengaluru and Delhi.
Suri was one of the two global winners of the “SDGs and Her” competition in 2019 for women micro-entrepreneurs whose business operations help support the SDGs. The online competition was launched by the World Bank Group in partnership with the UN Development Program, UN Women, and the Wharton School’s Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research. The winners were selected from a pool of over 1,200 entries from all regions of the world through a rigorous three-stage judging process.
“Why should women always wait for somebody else to take the first step?” she said when speaking to us about her decision to leave her job as an investment banker and became an entrepreneur overnight, “I just decided to take the plunge; it takes that one minute to decide.”
Suri started with driving the taxis herself in order to set an example before recruiting women from weaker sections of society as drivers.