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A story of a taxi driver in Addis – Never Hate Your Job


I was born and raised in the city of Gonder, Ethiopia. In 2004 I graduated from Fasiledes high school but my high school results were not good enough to get me into university.  Feeling somewhat hopeless and not knowing what else to do, I lived with my parents for two years after high school.  Nine years a go I took the plunge and decided to to move to the big city, and arrived in Addis Ababa.  The hope was that I would be able to find a job in Addis.  Even though there were some jobs, I could not find a job I liked.  Two months after arriving in the big city, I was still without a meaningful job.

The place I was renting  in Addis was is owned by a gentleman who is also a taxi driver.  When I told him that I was thinking of returning to Gonder as I was not able to find work, he made me an offer that has changed my life.  He offered me to become his assistant and that he would help me get my taxi driving license.  He would lend me the money I need to complete what is required to have a full license.  Although I was uncertain about becoming a cab driver, after thinking through it, I decided to take the job.  Working with him for seven months, I was able to secure my own driver’s license.  Ever since then, I have been a cab driver in Addis Ababa.  It has been eight years since I began this journey.  I now have my own condominium to live in and my next plan is to get married and to start my own family.  Soon after, I hope to buy my own taxi.


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