Meet Nandini B daughter of temple priest who won the poverty and started earning Rs 2 lakh per a month by referring drivers to UBER India.
Nandini B, 33-year-old, grown up in a lower-middle-class family, and discontinued her education after 10th standard. Nandini’s life changed when she became an ‘Uber Dost’ Partner. Uber Dost is referral program of American online transportation network company UBER. And, this is the one of the top referral program in India.
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Nandini B was born an grown up in a poor family her father is a Temple priest. She could not go for higher education due to her family financial status. She stopped education after 10th class and got married in early age with Srinath Shastry a Temple priest. But, Nandini was unhappy being a normal woman or homemaker, she did various jobs to contribute to family income.
Nandini B Success Story:
After doing various jobs Nandini met success in the various small-scale businesses she undertook. She earns some money with her business such as travel agency, contracts for painting and home interiors work in her locality. But unfortunately, her father expired unexpectedly. She took the responsibility of her younger sister marriage. She said: “I was happy I was able to get my sister settled as my father would have wanted. But my life had hit an all-time low and I was extremely stressed about the repayment of my loans. One of my relatives advised me to partner with Uber by on-boarding a car,” shares. I pledged my jewellery and bought a car (Toyota Etios), and started running for Uber in 2015. Later I came to know of the Uber Dost platform.
Uber Dost is a referral program anyone can join and earn by referring drivers to Uber. You just need to download the Dost app and refer drivers to it. The Dost partner is eligible for a one-time referral reward for each driver who successfully joins Uber and completes a minimum number of rides.
Uber Dost was launched in India about a year ago. Similar programs are offered in South America, South East Asia, and other Uber regions. In India, there are around 5,000 Dost partners, most of whom work part-time.
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An Uber spokesperson I reached out to claims, “The safety of our riders and driver-partners is of utmost importance to us. Uber Dost refers drivers to us and each referred driver goes through rigorous background checks and training, the same as what other driver partners go through.”
Nandini B understood the potential in the program and was one of the initial people to join. She started off with research and individually called up leads. She put up posters around the city seeking drivers interested in joining Uber and soon started referring drivers full-time.
Her hard work paid off and soon started to reflect in her bank account. Till date, Nandini has referred more than 600 drivers to Uber. She has her office space and a team of four who help her out with both administrative and fieldwork.
She proudly says that today she earns more than Rs 2,00,000 each month. She has paid off all her loans and has even been able to build a house with her earnings. Nandini’s seven-year-old daughter now studies in a reputed international school.
My daughter is proud of me, gushes Nandini B. She aspires to be an astronaut. I am glad that, today, I am in a position to fully support my daughter’s dreams and her education will not have to be cut short like mine was.
Nandini has only words of praise for her husband, who has always supported her in her endeavours. “My field is such that I have to interact mostly with men. But my husband has never made an issue about it due to which I have been able to fully focus on my work. I also have my mother staying with me and she looks after my daughter when I am at work. This solid support system is the reason behind my success.”
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The fangirl in Nandini comes out at the mention of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. “It is my dream to meet him one day,” she says.
Her advice to women entrepreneurs is, “Educational qualifications are no bar to start a business. Be courageous and persevere and you can change your world!”