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Indigenous Ubers
“I tell myself, if I can help this person, why not?” Silvia Mora is a raitera, someone who offers rides to her neighbors in isolated communities in the Central Valley of California, in exchange for gas money and conversation. Long before Uber, people like Silvia have offered rides for sick children to the hospital, men in wheelchairs in need of dialysis, or in the case of this photo, a domestic violence survivor seeking a passport so she can apply for a special visa for crime victims. The state government has recently approved funding for new electric vehicles and charging stations and a central coordinator for the raiteras, to expand their services. They may be known as "indigenous Ubers", but they are in a way their opposite - they are not about profit, and all about community. 
June 20, 2017 by Megan Reilly Cayten