She turned her empathy for the disabled into an enterprise for them
Mitti Café | Alina Alam
Winner, TIMES She UnLTD. Entrepreneur Awards 2019 – Food Category
It was during an internship at the Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled in Bengaluru when Alina Alam realised the struggle people with disabilities face in finding employment. “While working with the Trust, I discovered the many problems people with disabilities face — the lack of skilling opportunities and the low awareness levels in the ecosystem. It led me to think of starting something that would connect disabled people to the larger world.”
Voila! Say hello to Mitti Café. Brainchild of Alina – Mithi Café, started its operations with an aim to bring economic independence of persons with disability. Menu cards printed in braille, food orders written on sheets of a note pad, self-explanatory placards and flicker lights that signal the staff when a customer calls for them — these might be some of the unique improvisations one can see here.
The café while providing a unique work environment for differently abled adults also serves up healthy food. Instead of people eating international cuisine and salads, the cafe serves what people have been eating since childhood. But all organic. Alina always knew food connects people. However, she is quite surprised at how her dream enterprise has changed the lives of many disabled people for the better.
What had started from Hubli in a dilapidated tin shed with just one trainee on a wheelchair has now culminated into 8 Cafes, across 2 cities in Karnataka (Bengaluru and Hubli) .
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