Herself a former single mother on welfare, our founder Molly Cantrell-Kraig relied upon a friend with a car to get her back and forth to college. Having attended a community college through the Job Training Partnership Act, upon graduation, she began working in the newspaper industry.
By this time, she had purchased a second-hand car. When it would occasionally break down, she was able to access the newspaper’s delivery fleet, which would take her children to school and bring her into work. Without the flexibility of her job, and their willingness to help with transportation, she could have never bridged the gap between poverty and autonomy.
Once independent, Molly served on various boards for capacity-building organizations, including Habitat for Humanity and Family Resources of Iowa. From this perspective, she saw that there are many resources focused on helping women gain employment, but virtually nothing existed to help them *keep* their jobs. Transportation was a consistent barrier to independence.
Women With Drive Foundation leverages the resources of community organizations and nonprofits with the business community and economic development to complete the chain of job creation for the women they serve. By providing transportation, Women With Drive Foundation economically emancipates women, enabling them to secure employment in areas that may have been previously inaccessible to them.