Kabarihira Barbara Jumia Food
Meet Kabarihira Barbara, Jumia Uganda first female delivery rider. Photo/Jumia

Meet Kabarihira Barbara, Jumia Uganda first female delivery rider

When you think of a delivery rider bringing your order to your doorstep, a lady isn’t the typical image you would have or expect when you open your door. Kabarihira Barbara is changing this narrative with Jumia Food.

The 23-year-old student of Makerere University is breaking down stereotypes around who can be your delivery rider in Uganda. 

Kabarihira Barbara started working as a delivery rider for Jumia Food in June 2019 after deciding to use her motorcycle for money.

“I had a bike at the time so I decided to look for a way I could use it to make money not just for fun. I went online to look for companies that make deliveries, Jumia popped up & the rest is history,” Barbara says.

Barbara Jumia Uganda female rider
Barbara Jumia Uganda female rider
Kabarihira Barbara delivery rider
Kabarihira Barbara delivery rider

Barbara then made her way to Jumia Food offices where she was trained & recruited to become a delivery rider. 

Like in all jobs, she faces her fair share of challenges. Delivering in rainy seasons can be tough and with no proper mapping, finding customer locations can prove difficult.

However, that isn’t getting in her way.

“This job has flexible hours so I have time for school & it has helped provide money for my expenses like rent & tuition,” she added.

But it isn’t just the money that has been a takeaway from this job. Barbara says it has helped her become a better rider and has given her a chance to meet new and interesting people along with her deliveries.

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She urges young people to branch out into fields like this to make money.

“Sometimes getting an office job might be difficult; so I urge guys to take up opportunities like this to make a living,” Barbara concludes. 

Besides the many organizations that are reluctant to employ females and women to do so-called men jobs, Jumia is not like that as it employs people like Kabarihira Barbara.

Jumia is an online shopping site where one can purchase from food items to luxuries including electronics, books, home appliances, kiddies items, fashion items for men, women, and children; cool gadgets, computers, groceries, automobile parts, and more on a mere click.

Since it’s founding in 2012, with a presence all over Africa, Jumia Group has been creating a sustainable ecosystem of digital services and infrastructures through online marketplaces and classifieds to expand horizons.

The e-commerce platform aims at creating connecting African consumers and entrepreneurs to do better business together.

By John Dalton Kigozi