By Oboh Agbonkhese
As part of their plans to celebrate and empower women, Simba Group, distributors of TVS tricycles, organised a free check-up camp for female tricycle riders, with a call on more women to take up the business as a means of livelihood.
Speaking during the event held in celebration of the 2018 Women’s Day in Lagos, Business Head of Simba Group, Minish Rohtagi, said they have more plans to empower women, promising a baby centre and scholarship for them.
His words: “We have been empowering women over the years and we hope to do more to better the lives of Nigerian women in the society.
“There are plans to ensure that our dealers have special discount for female customers, dedicate a certain percentage of the mechanics we train to female and we already have the word of one of the northern governors that we will have 50 female tricycle drivers.
“This is heartwarming, because it is assumed that it will be difficult to get female drivers in northern states.”
When Vanguard asked Ada Jesus, one of the beneficiaries of the over 50 females whose Keke were services, how she feels about Simba’s programmes, she said: “They are encouraging. I have been doing this for three years as a single mother and have had no problem feeding my family.
“However, many other women would want to become tricycle riders. But it is difficult to raise the needed capital as banks won’t give loans. If these financial institutions work with firms such as Simba, it will go a long way in making women bread winners.”