A married female operator of a commercial tricycle popularly called Keke, Mrs. Christiana Augustine, says it is no longer an exclusive preserve of men to make a living from operating a tricycle.
Christian, who holds a degree in project management from Fed. University of Science & Tech Owerri, said on Tuesday in Abakaliki that her desire to become self-reliant was her motivation.
The mother of three called on other women to embrace business, saying they could also make their own contributions towards their families’ upkeep.
According to her, women only need self-confidence, discipline and zeal to work hard to make their mark in the society.
“My husband initially objected my involvement in the venture but I persisted to be given a chance to engage in the venture and he was later convinced.
“We are presently happy with the decision because I compliment his earnings and generally support in the family upkeep with proceeds from the keke business,” she said.
Christian told NAN said the involvement of many more women in the venture was only a matter of time, expressing her resolve to promote the lucrativeness of the venture to women.
She pointed out that “gone was the era of relying on men for their basic requirements and getting white collar jobs on a platter of gold.
“I graduated with a degree in project management from the Federal University of Science and Technology Owerri but decided to engage in the business to be self-reliant.
“The tricycle was actually a birthday gift from my husband and I offered it to a young graduate for commercial purposes but he later returned it to me.
“I leased it to another person and when he became insincere with returns, I decided to use it myself for the Keke business,” she said.
Augustine explained that she does not operate the tricycle during odd hours no matter the situation or the number of passengers available on the road.
“My business does not affect my responsibilities towards my family as I plan my daily activities not to clash with those of my business,” she said.