The first female taxi driver in Afghanistan, Sara Bahayi, is on the venture to encourage other females to become a taxi driver.
Forty year old Bahayi started driving a taxi two years ago in Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, has taught 15 other females how to operate a vehicle.
“I am proud that I am a taxi driver,” she said. “I am serving my Afghanistan. My people. The females, especially, are very comfortable traveling in my car,” explaining that if other female drivers emerge it would create a more safe and comfortable environment.
On average, Bahayi makes between 500 to 1,000 AFS per day and being a female driver in a traditional and conservative country brings along life threats.
“When my passengers are men I talk to them about women’s rights, which usually leads to personal and direct threats. They say, ‘don’t drive otherwise I will kill you,’ but I don’t care. I just carry along with my day and continue working.”
Aside from her adventurous travels and experiences operating a taxi, Bahayi is also a beekeeper who produces more than 40kg of honey per year.
“I also have a bee farm, which brings a lot of benefits. Women should also get involved in this as well. It would boost the economy and their financial needs.”
Bahayi is a woman who has illustrated the strength of women who are independent and courageous to support their families by breaking traditional taboos.