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Faith Kinanu: Daring to defy odds in Isiolo’s male dominated taxi business

By Betty Luke

Isiolo, Kenya – Ms. Faith Kinanu, the only female taxi driver in Isiolo thrives in a male-dominated sector two years after her fruit vending business collapsed following the hard economic times occasioned by the pandemic.

Working in a pastoral county where a majority of the communities are patriarchal, she rose against the odds to outshine her male counterparts and earn a living.

Ms. Kinanu says she has endured harsh criticism and sometimes sexual harassment from some male customers who feel she should engage in women-dominated businesses.

The recent fuel shortage and current hike in prices dealt her a huge blow but she is able to sort her bills amid the current business recession.

According to a recent survey by the Kenya Institute of Public Research and Analysis, the economic participation by women is still low even in sectors that are rarely regulated by the government.

This publication was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of Betty Luke and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

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