Atakan is a business bus driver
A hardworking mom of 5 who is flourishing in a male-dominated occupation as a business bus driver has shared her story with the world.
The 52-year-old girl who drivers business bus in Lagos suggested housewives to interact in enterprise to enhance household wants and cut back monetary burdens on their husbands.
Atakan gave the recommendation in an interview with the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos.
She stated that though the driving enterprise might be difficult and masculine in nature, extra ladies are embracing it.
“The first constraint to being a business driver for the feminine gender is the stereotyping.
“If we will overlook the stereotype facet, it’s a supply of normal earnings.
“I used to be as soon as a dealer, however I picked curiosity within the transport enterprise after my funding went down the drain.
“As a dealer, I do promote items on credit score, however my prospects all the time default in paying again.
“This negatively affected my enterprise and I realised that I wanted to assist my husband to fulfill up with household wants.
“We needed to pay youngsters’s faculty charges and I additionally want help to my husband in a bit method.
“However all these stopped as a result of the enterprise crumbled,’’ she instructed NAN.
On her choice to take to business transportation, Atakan, a mom of 5 youngsters, who plies Ikotun – Igando route, stated she was compelled to discover ways to drive after which she took a bus on a weekly instalment cost from a automobile seller.
The girl driver stated that after 4 years within the enterprise, she was capable of offset her debt, and the bus she drove ultimately turned hers.
“I thank God the bus is lastly mine.
“Since I began the transportation enterprise 4 years in the past, God has been so fantastic.
“I’m able to meet up with my fast wants and uncover that I’m making earnings with out operating at a loss any longer.’’
She narrated how her husband initially was in opposition to her turning into a business bus driver, questioning how a housewife would wish to have interaction within the transportation enterprise.
Atakan stated that she pleaded with him, with the assistance of her brothers-in-law, and promised that “if I began the job and it doesn’t repay, I’ll cease’’.
Along with his phrases of the settlement, she stated she all the time cease work and return residence newest by 4.00 p.m. to handle her residence and attend to youngsters after faculty.
The feminine driver suggested different ladies, desirous to reap the fruits of their labour, to work arduous and discover different sources of earnings to allow them to be helpful to their household.
“I urge all moms to come back out to work in order that they’ll take excellent care of their household.
“Wanting on the financial state of affairs within the nation, each husband and spouse should work collectively to fulfill up with the household challenges,’’ she stated.
She additionally appealed to the federal government in any respect ranges to empower ladies, saying “there are a lot of ladies with loads of enterprise concepts on the lookout for alternatives to faucet, however who lacked the much-needed empowerment.
“If there are extra ladies on this enterprise, it could have been an avenue to kind an affiliation or cooperative society, by which the federal government will help us,’’ she stated.