From my hometown in Kabul to yours, taxi drivers are everywhere. It is the job of millions (mostly men) around the world, and seems to be the fall-back profession when jobs are scarce. Taxi driving is a colossal business, and ranges in sophistication from Uber to rickshaws, as we'll see in this Unit. But the business problem is the same-- how to optimize energy, gas, and time to maximize profitability? How to put oneself where the demand is? How to set the right price? Let's get started!
I was selected as the Afghanistan representative for the annual Summit of Girls-20, a female empowerment program, in Beijing, China last year. Moreover, I have written my Bachelor's Degree thesis on female entrepreneurship as a way to reduce poverty in Afghanistan. I am the Founder of the organization, 40 Splendid Girls, that seeks to empower Afghan women by providing seed funding for entrepreneurship. I have been a guest speaker on several Afghan national television programs, sharing my views about female empowerment in Afghanistan.
I have had the good fortune to study outside of Afghanistan and view my country from the outside. Being an international student opened my eyes to the biases and misconceptions with which other people view my country. That's why I believe that it's so important to share my experience.