Sade Agoola, 35, a hijab-wearing Muslim mother from Craydon has established a ‘female only’ minicab taxi service called Annisa Cars. Ms. Agoola also operates a part-time charity that helps women with health issues, at Croydon University Hospital.
The only passengers that the all-female team of drivers accept are women or children (up to 18 age).
Annisa Cars will cater for bookings in Croydon, Sutton, Brixton and Streatham with the intention of covering the whole of south London by the end of next year
Ms. Sade came up with the idea after hearing about friends who are mothers and feel uncomfortable using public transport or private hire male-operated firms for themselves or their children.
Ms. Sade got her license four months ago, and now has five drivers as well as 30 guardians who can look after children whose parents cannot pick them up from school (more here).
“I have been amazed that no one else has thought of this idea before. Also a lot of mums have children and struggle to get back into work or find a job that gives them that flexibility and hopefully by having women-only drivers and guardians we can provide a flexible and supportive environment for them,” says Sade.
Sade is not the first Muslim female entrepreneur who observes western-hated Islamic modesty in public. There are many others such as Sabah Nazir, who started her company Islamic Moments in 2004, designing and producing mainstream greeting cards. Shahin Hussain is founder of Mocktail Company which produces non-alcoholic cocktails.
Britain’s three million Muslim consumers contribute about £21bn a year to the economy. According to a report by Reuters, Muslim consumer spending on food and lifestyle products and services was estimated at $1.8 trillion (£1.5tn) globally in 2014 and is projected to reach $2.6tn in 2020.
One can find similar Muslim female entrepreneurs in Muslim world and in the West. America is home to more than 150 Muslim female run businesses such as Ibtihaj Muhammad, 2016 Olympic medalist, Huda’s Le’jemalik, etc.