Uganda's 'taxi divas' rise from COVID-19's economic gloom

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Uganda's 'taxi divas' rise from COVID-19's economic gloom

Rebecca Makyeli, right, spokeswoman for Uganda's new all-female ride-hailing service Diva Taxi, trains new drivers in self-defense skills in Kampala, Uganda Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Uganda's latest ride-hailing service Diva Taxi has recruited over 70 drivers ranging from college students to mothers wishing to make good use of their secondhand cars, breaking the mold in the socially conservative country by hiring only female drivers. (AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi)
Rebecca Makyeli, right, spokeswoman for Uganda's new all-female ride-hailing service Diva Taxi, trains new drivers in self-defense skills in Kampala, Uganda Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Uganda's latest ride-hailing service Diva Taxi has recruited over 70 drivers ranging from college students to mothers wishing to make good use of their secondhand cars, breaking the mold in the socially conservative country by hiring only female drivers. (AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi)
Nanah Sheenaz, a driver with Uganda's new all-female ride-hailing service Diva Taxi, drives clients from their work to their home in Kampala, Uganda Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Uganda's latest ride-hailing service Diva Taxi has recruited over 70 drivers ranging from college students to mothers wishing to make good use of their secondhand cars, breaking the mold in the socially conservative country by hiring only female drivers. (AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi)
Rebecca Makyeli, center-right, spokeswoman for Uganda's new all-female ride-hailing service Diva Taxi, trains new drivers in self-defense skills in Kampala, Uganda Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Uganda's latest ride-hailing service Diva Taxi has recruited over 70 drivers ranging from college students to mothers wishing to make good use of their secondhand cars, breaking the mold in the socially conservative country by hiring only female drivers. (AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi)
Nanah Sheenaz, left, Batamuliza Stella, center, and Nakandi Hanipher, right, drivers for Uganda's new all-female ride-hailing service Diva Taxi, examine a pepper spray as they learn self-defense skills in Kampala, Uganda Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Uganda's latest ride-hailing service Diva Taxi has recruited over 70 drivers ranging from college students to mothers wishing to make good use of their secondhand cars, breaking the mold in the socially conservative country by hiring only female drivers. (AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi)
Gillian Kobusingye, founder of Uganda's new all-female ride-hailing service Diva Taxi, speaks to The Associated Press at her office in Kampala, Uganda Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Uganda's latest ride-hailing service Diva Taxi has recruited over 70 drivers ranging from college students to mothers wishing to make good use of their secondhand cars, breaking the mold in the socially conservative country by hiring only female drivers. (AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi)

Uganda's 'taxi divas' rise from COVID-19's economic gloom

Rebecca Makyeli, right, spokeswoman for Uganda's new all-female ride-hailing service Diva Taxi, trains new drivers in self-defense skills in Kampala, Uganda Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Uganda's latest ride-hailing service Diva Taxi has recruited over 70 drivers ranging from college students to mothers wishing to make good use of their secondhand cars, breaking the mold in the socially conservative country by hiring only female drivers. (AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi)
Rebecca Makyeli, right, spokeswoman for Uganda's new all-female ride-hailing service Diva Taxi, trains new drivers in self-defense skills in Kampala, Uganda Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Uganda's latest ride-hailing service Diva Taxi has recruited over 70 drivers ranging from college students to mothers wishing to make good use of their secondhand cars, breaking the mold in the socially conservative country by hiring only female drivers. (AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi)
Nanah Sheenaz, a driver with Uganda's new all-female ride-hailing service Diva Taxi, drives clients from their work to their home in Kampala, Uganda Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Uganda's latest ride-hailing service Diva Taxi has recruited over 70 drivers ranging from college students to mothers wishing to make good use of their secondhand cars, breaking the mold in the socially conservative country by hiring only female drivers. (AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi)
Rebecca Makyeli, center-right, spokeswoman for Uganda's new all-female ride-hailing service Diva Taxi, trains new drivers in self-defense skills in Kampala, Uganda Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Uganda's latest ride-hailing service Diva Taxi has recruited over 70 drivers ranging from college students to mothers wishing to make good use of their secondhand cars, breaking the mold in the socially conservative country by hiring only female drivers. (AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi)
Nanah Sheenaz, left, Batamuliza Stella, center, and Nakandi Hanipher, right, drivers for Uganda's new all-female ride-hailing service Diva Taxi, examine a pepper spray as they learn self-defense skills in Kampala, Uganda Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Uganda's latest ride-hailing service Diva Taxi has recruited over 70 drivers ranging from college students to mothers wishing to make good use of their secondhand cars, breaking the mold in the socially conservative country by hiring only female drivers. (AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi)
Gillian Kobusingye, founder of Uganda's new all-female ride-hailing service Diva Taxi, speaks to The Associated Press at her office in Kampala, Uganda Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Uganda's latest ride-hailing service Diva Taxi has recruited over 70 drivers ranging from college students to mothers wishing to make good use of their secondhand cars, breaking the mold in the socially conservative country by hiring only female drivers. (AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi)