– Prabhjeet Singh, President, Uber India SA
“2020 has not been an easy year for any of us. But in a year filled with challenges and uncertainties, you- Uber drivers- were a bright spot in the world.
When the world stood still early this year, you kept moving, showing kindness and compassion along the way. You were there when nurses and doctors and essential workers needed rides home. You were there when non-covid patients needed to go to the hospital for regular check-ups.
For everything that you have done on the platform and for your communities, we at Uber are filled with heartfelt gratitude for you.
From Uber and from everybody you have moved this year, thank you. You are our everyday heroes”
Introducing everyday heroes
To celebrate the essential work you’ve done for your community, we are taking this week to celebrate our Everyday heroes by sharing inspiring stories of drivers who moved what mattered this year.
Jaswinder Singh, Chandigarh
Jaswinder Singh dons multiple hats. On weekdays, he drives with Uber in Chandigarh, and on the weekends, when visiting family in the nearby town of Rajpura, he is seen farming. His motivation to work with Uber is the sheer sense of independence as well as entrepreneurship that comes with it. Jaswinder believes that Uber gives him the freedom to work on his terms, while also enabling him to keep his family’s ancestral occupation of agriculture alive.
With 31,611 trips till date, and in true Punjabi spirit, Jaswinder’s fierce sense of entrepreneurship has made him the Uber driver with the highest number of lifeline trips in India.
Trained in martial arts, Shobha has the true spirit of a fighter. When life had her cornered with obstacles and adversities, Shobha sprung back with all her might to land on her feet.
Her husband’s passing away was a major personal loss, but her responsibilities towards her two kids took precedence, fueling her motivation to stand up, hone her skill set, learn how to drive, and become the sole breadwinner for her family. She believes that “life is tough, but you have to be tougher”, and the only way to face all of life’s curveballs is to keep your heart young.
Associated with Uber since 2017, Shobha is a force to reckon with, and an inspiration to women across. When neighbors question her about her career choice, she gently counters with, “If men nowadays can cook for a living, why can’t women drive?”
Hareram Kumar, Delhi
Married off at the young age of 15 in his native Barahiya village, Bihar, Hareram has seen many facets of life.
Finding himself suddenly responsible for a family, young Hareram migrated to Delhi and began a life of manual work, working odd jobs for years to support his family.
What lacked in the work of a daily wager is the respect that he so craved. Two years ago, he joined Uber, and, today, is a star driver with a 4.86 rating. He says Uber has helped him gain respect, the samman of earning a living, which was his primary motivation to travel more than 1,000 kilometres north of his hometown.
When all of India went into a lockdown, Hareram too parked his auto rickshaw and like millions of others chose to stay inside his house. Now, as cities have opened up, Hareram is back on the road, moving riders safely one at a time. He believes that rights and duties go hand in hand, and every person’s individual contribution is needed to change the society for the better.
Stories like these fill us up with pride and appreciation. We recognize it’s the spirit of drivers like these who have made Uber the powerhouse it is today.
As we bring this year to a close, we join themin hoping for a better and brighter 2021, where we all can keep moving forward together.
Once again, we thank the everyday heroes for all they do.