The Christian Science Monitor

When Uber drivers don't own cars: Developing world tests 'sharing economy'

Marvin used to have a job. A real job. The kind that came with health insurance and paid days off and lunch breaks. He earned about $250 a week – a small fortune in South Africa, where more than 50 percent of the population lives on less than $80 per person per month and two-thirds of young people are unemployed.

But when his contract with a Johannesburg logistics company ended last year, he couldn’t find anything to replace it – until a friend told him about the ride-sharing app Uber.

“It seemed like the easiest thing for me. You don’t need a degree, you don’t need a CV, you just sign up and go,” he says.

Stop there, and Marvin is practically the application’s poster-child, creating a job for himself in an economy that seemed determined to lock him out.

Car: optionalSustainable system?

Вы читаете отрывок, зарегистрируйтесь, чтобы читать полное издание.

Другое от: The Christian Science Monitor

The Christian Science Monitor5 мин. чтенияAmerican Government
CEOs Spurn Trump And His Allies: How Big A Blow?
Corporations are spurning politicians who challenged 2020 election results. The moves impose a financial penalty – not least on Donald Trump.
The Christian Science Monitor2 мин. чтения
Blursday, Doomscrolling, And The Words Of 2020
The year 2020 gave rise to so many new words that the editors at Oxford Languages couldn’t pick just one word of the year (WOTY).
The Christian Science Monitor6 мин. чтения
As Ocean Empties, Senegal's Fishermen Risk Seas For New Life In Europe
Spain’s Canary Islands face an influx of migration, as the COVID-19 pandemic intensifies many West African migrants’ determination to reach Europe.