Mitti Cafe is without doubt one of the winners of the Bumble Grant Program launched in March 2020, to help women-led small companies. The Bengaluru café is run by individuals with bodily and mental disabilities, and claims that the grant helped Mitti kick-start its COVID-19 aid work.
“Meals is the necessity of the hour,” says founder Alina Alam, “The grant cash goes in the direction of the Mitti Karuna Meals, the place our individuals with disabilities are serving daily-wage earners and the homeless. We have now been capable of serve over four-and-a-half lakh meals.”
Social networking website Bumble, which focusses on women-empowerment, has taken initiatives to help 180 native companies via the Grant Program, launched in March 2020. As part of the initiative, they provided winners ₹1,00,000 throughout 11 international locations, together with India, USA, UK, Russia, Germany, Australia, France, Canada, Mexico, Eire, and New Zealand.
Of the 20,000 candidates worldwide throughout sectors like meals and repair, retail, CSR, expertise, style and life-style, healthcare, training, and more, 2,000 SME candidates had been from India. 13 of those have obtained the grant, and eight of those companies are led by ladies entrepreneurs.
Director and COO of Mitti, Swati Dokania says, “Bumble’s imaginative and prescient of small companies working via the neighborhood, to make a change, and maintain one another, aligns with ours. That’s the reason we utilized for the grant.”
As of now, the 12 Mitti Cafe branches, arrange inside varied workplace campuses corresponding to Infosys and Wipro, will stay shut to remain secure from the pandemic. Nonetheless, the Mitti Karuna Meals initiative is on-going. “Our workers of adults with disabilities got here up with this concept, and that’s why we reached out to organisations, together with Bumble, to kickstart this,” says Alina.
The 116 workers members at Mitti Cafe are presently serving to feed the homeless. Nonetheless, lots of the workers, together with assistant supervisor, Rajasekhar, used to stay off the streets as properly. “He has an mental incapacity, however today, he trains different individuals we rent,” says Alina, including, “Our intention is to assist create consciousness whereas on the identical time, help them financially.”
Mitti Cafe now has plans of increasing to Chennai, Mumbai and Hyderabad.