A mother of three and a victim of an abusive marriage, who has successfully escaped with her children, Marissa Fuster is only an example of one of the thousands of Uber driver partners who continuously share their stories and inspire commuters across the country.
With the fast paced world that we live in, it’s easy to get lost and caught up in things that—at the end of the day—don’t really matter. Amidst the busy streets of Manila and the seemingly never ending list of things to do everyday, stories like Marissa’s are good reminders for us to acknowledge and appreciate the people we often take for granted. While Marissa turned to Uber as a means to financially support herself and her family, she does more than just provide her service. Her story has been one that she has told to many of her riders and in return have admired her for her bravery and perseverance. One even texted her after her trip saying that she reminded her of her own mother. For Marissa, these conversations that she has with her passengers also inspire and encourage her everyday.
As Uber driver partners take us to our next destination, we become a part of their stories just as much as they become a part of ours. Even the smallest gestures, from a simple “thank you” to a 5-star rating, can go a long way. Because just like everyone else, they have their own stories to tell.