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The SafeMotos Institute is recruiting, training, and equipping the first cohort of female motorcycle taxi drivers in Kigali.

Currently, the motorcycle taxi industry in Kigali is 100% male dominated. This is a problem. Female customers can only be driven by men, which places them in an uncomfortable and vulnerable situation. And, women are discriminated from becoming moto taxi drivers, forcing them to miss out on one of Rwanda’s largest employment opportunities. 

The SafeMotos Institute’s female driver program will empower women with choice: the choice to be driven by a woman, and the choice to have a career as a moto taxi driver.

 

Opportunity

There are currently more than 20,000 motorcycle taxi drivers in Kigali performing more than 200,000 trips per day. While more than 1/3rd of these trips are taken by female customers, there is only one registered female moto taxi driver in Kigali.

However, the demand for female drivers is strong. Female customers often express they would feel safer riding with a female driver. And women in Rwanda, especially college students, are in need of consistent sources of income.

The SafeMotos Institute plans to train a cohort of female university students to be moto taxi drivers, and then place them on the SafeMotos platform. We believe this will economically empower female college students, and make female customers feel safer.

 

 

About

About SafeMotos Institute: Conceived in 2015 to be a sister institution to SafeMotos Ltd, the SafeMotos Institute mission is to implement data driven actions that result in a decrease in injuries and death across emerging markets in which motorcycles and motorcycle taxis are involved.

About SafeMotos Ltd: SafeMotos uses smartphone technology to professionalize African motorcycle taxi drivers. Drivers have a smartphone application which connects them to additional customers and access to financial services if they follow SafeMotos real time monitored code of conduct. SafeMotos is currently the largest ridesharing platform for motorcycle taxis in Africa, having performed more than 200,000 trips in Kigali via its smartphone platform.

Team

Chris Carroll: Director 

Chris has spent his time trying to combat sources of oppression and inequality. This pursuit has led Chris throughout the U.S., Europe, and Middle East working in counterterrorism, counter-human trafficking, and venture capital.

Barrett Nash: Board Member

The cofounder and CEO of SafeMotos, Nash has been involved with startups since he was seventeen years old, when he was hired as the original employee of Shearwater Research, a Canadian diving computer company. Since then he has worked as a team member or advisor to more than ten startups in five countries.

As a Canadian with more than ten years experience in Africa, Nash understands the continent intimately. He originally came to Rwanda in 2011 to work with MIT Media Lab’s One Laptop Per Child programme, which Rwanda was the biggest deployment in Africa.

Nash’s projects have won him East Africa’s PIVOT East founders award, the Boston Lean Startup Challenge Pivot of Excellence and he has been a finalist in both MIT’s Global IDEAS Challenge and MIT’s 100K pitch challenge.

Thomas C. Barry: Board Member 

Tom is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Zephyr Management, L.P., an investment management company which he founded in 1994. Zephyr has sponsored twenty two specialized investment funds with approximately US $2 billion in committed capital. Zephyr’s private equity funds have invested in Mexico, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Africa, and India. Zephyr also has sponsored marketable securities funds that invested in the stock markets of developing countries.

Peter Kariuki:  Adviser

The CTO and cofounder of SafeMotos, Peter is one of Africa’s best software developers. Born to a farming family in the town of Engineer in Kenya, his first brush with a computer was a cousin sharing with him his computer science homework at age 12; afterwards, Peter promptly went to an internet cafe where he printed more than 200 pages of C++ documentation, was beaten by the cafe owner when he couldn’t pay, and went on to teach himself to code. He was ranked number one in computer science in Kenya in his final year of high school.

Since then Peter has worked with some of Africa’s premier large technology companies such as Techno Brain, but has felt more at home at startups including Innovys, a bus ticketing startup which brought him to Rwanda in 2011.

Peter’s projects have won him East Africa’s PIVOT East founders award and he is often featured in international media and conference panels for both his personal story of learning how to code and for his deep technical knowledge of software engineering.

 

Contact

We are looking for passionate partners to enable Kigali’s first cohort of female drivers. Drop us a line!

Reach out to Chris today at [email protected], or add us on WhatsApp at +250 783 110 021.