I met Malka through @officialspikelee and #uberpresents new documentary, #darepublicofbrooklyn , which highlights the stories of 4 @uber drivers living and hustling in New York City. Malka escaped an abusive marriage, arranged for her in Pakistan when she was only 16 years old. When she arrived in the US she barely spoke English, knew no one except her husband, and didn’t know how to drive. After fleeing her marriage and finding safety in a domestic violence shelter with her two sons, she hustled to get her driver’s license and go to cosmetology school. Eventually she found freedom for herself and her sons by driving Uber—a job that constantly surprises her with how much joy it brings her. The best part, she says, is having the flexibility to set her own hours, so she can still spend time with her sons. “It’s important for me to spend as much time with them as I can,” she says. “I want them to see me working for their future, I want them to know how strong women can be.” When we met, we swapped stories about our respective hustles—what we do and what we hope to do. What it’s like to be women in male-dominated fields, and how we find joy in our work. We talked about food, the foods she likes in Brooklyn and the ones she misses from Pakistan. “Good chicken biryani is what I miss most, so I make my own. The key,” she says, “is layering fresh mint so it gets in every bite. That and the raisins. You have to have raisins.” This chicken biryani sausage is for you, Malka, your hustle inspires me, I’m proud to know you!
Catch Malka and 4 other inspiring drivers in @officialspikelee’s #darepublicofbrooklyn on uberpresents.com today! (And get these sausages @fostersundry all weekend) 💖