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Help A Transgender Ride-Sharing Driver Get Her Own Vehicle.

Bhubaneswar is a small city in the Indian state of Odisha, located close to the north-east Indian coastline on the Bay of Bengal.

Famed for its many temples, built from sandstone dotted around the old city, Odisha is also home to over 70,000 transgender women. Most of whom lack access to education and employment opportunities, with risky sex work or begging often being the only viable forms of income. In 2014, the Supreme Court passed a judgement recognising India's third gender and called on all governments to ensure their equal treatment. Progress, however, is slow.

Bhubaneswar is also home to Rani, a transgender pioneer trying to break free from the societal stigmas transgender people in India face by forging a path to sustainable employment as a driver on a ride-sharing platform. Rani lives in a simple, small house, which she shares with over 30 other transgender girls, to whom she is an aunt. In this leadership role, Rani provides support and guidance to this community who have been rejected by their families.


Rani started her career as a driver of a three-wheeled autorickshaw and went on to get a commercial drivers licence. Her career progressed to becoming a volunteer ambulance driver, transporting poor patients to their cancer treatments. Rani also started driving on a popular ride-sharing platform, using a fleet partner's vehicle to make trips.

Whilst driving Rani had many amazing experiences with her passengers and maintained a solid five-star rating. One passenger she picked up from the airport was so impressed to have a transgender driver, they invited her into their home for tea after the trip was completed.

Sadly, Rani was unable to continue driving for the fleet partner. The limited and restricted hours available for use of the shared vehicle, coupled with the time taken to pick up and return the vehicle each day made the work unviable. Rani temporarily stopped driving on the ride-sharing platform and now has aspirations to buy her own vehicle which will give her full flexibility and freedom. 

Rani is approved for a loan for a small car which costs about $8,000, this campaign is seeking to raise at least $2,000 for Rani to use as a substantial deposit to enable her to get back on the roads and back into sustainable employment and providing a sustainable way for her to support her community.
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12th September 2018
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for the wonderful support. After a while, we are making the final transaction to enable Rani to get her own vehicle. Stay tuned for photos and a final update once Rani is behind the wheel.

Ross
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for the wonderful support. After a while, we are making the final transaction to enable Rani to get her own vehicle. Stay tuned for photos and a final update once Rani is behind the wheel.

Ross
31st August 2018
Hi Everyone. We are making the final payment to the Maruti dealership that Rani is purchasing her vehicle from. This has taken a bit longer than we expected because the transfer is considered as an international transaction. The dealership bank branch does not have a valid SWIFT code (a branch code used in international transfers). The Bhubaneswar team has been wonderful to arrange a new account with a bank that has an international presence to facilitate the transaction.

This is the last step to get Rani into her own vehicle, which will be life-changing for her and her community. I will keep you posted once Rani is behind the wheel.

Ross
Hi Everyone. We are making the final payment to the Maruti dealership that Rani is purchasing her vehicle from. This has taken a bit longer than we expected because the transfer is considered as an international transaction. The dealership bank branch does not have a valid SWIFT code (a branch code used in international transfers). The Bhubaneswar team has been wonderful to arrange a new account with a bank that has an international presence to facilitate the transaction.

This is the last step to get Rani into her own vehicle, which will be life-changing for her and her community. I will keep you posted once Rani is behind the wheel.

Ross
9th August 2018
Hello everyone. Today we mark a major milestone in this campaign. I have initiated a transfer of the funds raised to Jyote Motors, a Maruti Suzuki dealership in Bhubaneswar.

We raise almost US$2,700, well over my initial target of US$2,000. Thank you, everyone, for your support. This is going to be life-changing for Rani and her community.

Once rani is behind the wheel of her brand new car, I will post some photos.

Thanks again for your support.

Ross
Hello everyone. Today we mark a major milestone in this campaign. I have initiated a transfer of the funds raised to Jyote Motors, a Maruti Suzuki dealership in Bhubaneswar.

We raise almost US$2,700, well over my initial target of US$2,000. Thank you, everyone, for your support. This is going to be life-changing for Rani and her community.

Once rani is behind the wheel of her brand new car, I will post some photos.

Thanks again for your support.

Ross
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$2,695
raised of $2,000 goal

101 Supporters

Beneficiary: Rani Apa info_outline

Supporters (101)

MR
Madhu donated US $100
4 months ago
Kushal
Kushal donated Rs.130
4 months ago
OW
Olivia donated US $5
4 months ago
A
Anonymous donated Rs.200
4 months ago
Ashwin
Ashwin donated US $25
4 months ago

Hope you are the first of many to come.

SS
Sushanth donated Rs.100
4 months ago