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Sustainable Livelihood and Economic Empowerment for Persons with Disabilities is a dream that we accomplish each day at MITTI Cafe. A chain of cafes managed completely by adults with physical and intellectual disability. But today, what was meant to be a self-sustainable means to support these people, has hampered with the onset of the lockdown. 


MITTI Cafe was started by Alina Alam, for the economic independence and dignity of persons with disability, by providing training, employment, and entrepreneurship opportunities for adults with intellectual, physical, and psychiatric disability through the creation of cafes within institutional spaces. 


A platform for persons with disability to showcase their abundant potential for productive activity and create awareness for the cause of equal opportunities in employment.


The COVID 19 crisis has led to all our Cafes being shut and we are left with no income to support our 100+ employees with disabilities. Post the lockdown, we might not be allowed to operate our Cafes for another 3 months.

                                 

Every Person with Physical, Intellectual, or Psychiatric Disabilities we employ come from very low-socioeconomic backgrounds and many are the sole earning members of their families. They are helpless right now and need your support. 

By engaging persons with disability we believe that they would act as agents of change by example and thereby promote a system of self-sustenance, at the same time enable the promotion of disability inclusion within workspaces.

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).

But today with the onset of coronavirus, all our cafes are shut and with 0 revenue its been very difficult for us to support our staff. Please donate generously so that we can save the dreams of these amazing people
Who have given their heart and soul into earning with dignity and proven to the world what the world thought was impossible.

Let us support them in continuing their lives with dignity and let humanity win in this fight against COVID 19

Mitti is a Non-Profit organisation. 
Donations made are exempt under 80G


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9th July 2020
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your Support


MITTI has always been driven through support of the community and people. MITTI is today supported by 8000+ people and we hope our tribe grows stronger and powerful. MITTI is everyone’s organisation, and we are happy to share what Your organisation has been doing recently:
1. We have been able to support and pay salaries to our entire team of 116 wonderful adults with physical, intellectual and psychiatric disabilities
2. The team has been working with all their love and have served over 6,50,000 meals to the homeless during the COVID crisis
3. The team has reached Sundarbans and have been helping the Cyclone Amphan affected with rations and rebuilding their houses


We need your continued support to fuel the love and power of our team of abilities and keep sustaining their own families and the vulnerable communities













Thank you for your support

Keep Supporting!
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your Support


MITTI has always been driven through support of the community and people. MITTI is today supported by 8000+ people and we hope our tribe grows stronger and powerful. MITTI is everyone’s organisation, and we are happy to share what Your organisation has been doing recently:
1. We have been able to support and pay salaries to our entire team of 116 wonderful adults with physical, intellectual and psychiatric disabilities
2. The team has been working with all their love and have served over 6,50,000 meals to the homeless during the COVID crisis
3. The team has reached Sundarbans and have been helping the Cyclone Amphan affected with rations and rebuilding their houses


We need your continued support to fuel the love and power of our team of abilities and keep sustaining their own families and the vulnerable communities













Thank you for your support

Keep Supporting!
1st June 2020
Here's a video: https://youtu.be/buNKqfIvQC4 of one of our staff here at Mitti! Thank you for your support!

Their dreams are bigger than their disability. They believe in themselves, the compassion in people and want to earn with dignity.

Here's a video: https://youtu.be/buNKqfIvQC4 of one of our staff here at Mitti! Thank you for your support!

Their dreams are bigger than their disability. They believe in themselves, the compassion in people and want to earn with dignity.

20th May 2020
https://youtu.be/-p97uYPfwCk
Coverage of our work by NDTV

Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your Support

We are extremely touched after seeing the kind of kindness that exists in the world. While all hopes seemed to be lost, as we looked at the mammoth task of supporting our 100+ employees with disability, then suddenly this amazing support poured in. We now know that we are not alone anymore. Our entire team of employees with disabilities are thrilled to see so much love pouring in to support them from across the country. As we share updates with our specially-abled employees, they are perplexed as to why people who we don’t know would want to help us. We told them that they believe in you and your dreams. They have asked us to invite all of you to our cafes once the cafes open. They insist everyone comes.

We are determined to support our employees with disability till the last mile but cannot do it without your support. Since Mitti Cafe started it has been a self -sustainable initiative month on month, without needing any external monetary support once a cafe starts. The heart-breaking bit with all our cafes is that none of the cafes will open till September /October. This leaves us with zero income. Since all our cafes are within corporates, even if the corporates open, they would not want food vendors to operate to avoid the crowd in cafeterias due to the fear of Corona Virus spreading. Perhaps only one main meal vendor will operate Even after the cafes open post-September, sales will drop by at least 50% with many working from home. Our employees with physical, intellectual and psychiatric disability cannot wait to come back to work and we do not have the heart to tell even one of them that they cannot continue to work with us despite being so dedicated.
Our employees have given their heart, soul and their best efforts to make Mitti café the symbol of love and hope. To tell even one of them that we need to let go of them is something we are having nightmares thinking of. We want to ensure this never happens and need your support to protect their dreams.

Each of them has overcome their own disability -Gauri doesn’t have eyes-her hard work and enthusiasm for working makes her stand out. She can catch you when you are happy or sad. Lakshmi can’t hear or speak and is raising her 2 children alone as a single mother after her husband left them, Murthy lost a hand and also his entire family in an accident, Kirti came crawling for the interview because her parents could not afford a wheelchair.today she sits on her wheelchair and manages 7 other people with disability. She is the manager of our first café. Hemant-he has cerebral palsy and has been saving his salary every month so that one day he will build his own house.

Their dreams are bigger than their disability. They believe in themselves, the compassion in people and want to earn with dignity.
Our cost to save Mitti Cafe by supporting the salaries of our 100+ employees( many of whom along with having a disability come from very low-income background/are the only member of the family ) comes to 1.3 crores for 9 months out of which we have raised donations through your support in Milaap. We need to raise 61 lakhs more to support our 116 employees with disabilities and ensure we don’t let go of any of them.
This includes rentals as we have rehabilitated a lot of our current employees who were living on the street /were begging( due to jobs not being available for them, who now work with us with dignity and permanently stay at our accommodation.
During the Corona Crises, we realized the plight of our migrant workers and homeless is heart-wrenching.

Our team of people with disabilities decided to do what they can and must for the country. We have served food and drinking water to 3500 people in need every day and have until now served over 2.73,000 meals.

In the next 15 days, we target to serve 1 lakh meals to our daily wage earners, migrant workers, and the homeless. These are cooked and distributed by our employees with physical, intellectual and psychiatric disability.

We have been helped by the community in cash and kind (through ration ) to continue the No Hunger initiative by our people. We are proud that once the homeless are now serving the homeless and our employees with disabilities stand for the country today.

Thank you for your Support

Keep Supporting
https://youtu.be/-p97uYPfwCk
Coverage of our work by NDTV

Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your Support

We are extremely touched after seeing the kind of kindness that exists in the world. While all hopes seemed to be lost, as we looked at the mammoth task of supporting our 100+ employees with disability, then suddenly this amazing support poured in. We now know that we are not alone anymore. Our entire team of employees with disabilities are thrilled to see so much love pouring in to support them from across the country. As we share updates with our specially-abled employees, they are perplexed as to why people who we don’t know would want to help us. We told them that they believe in you and your dreams. They have asked us to invite all of you to our cafes once the cafes open. They insist everyone comes.

We are determined to support our employees with disability till the last mile but cannot do it without your support. Since Mitti Cafe started it has been a self -sustainable initiative month on month, without needing any external monetary support once a cafe starts. The heart-breaking bit with all our cafes is that none of the cafes will open till September /October. This leaves us with zero income. Since all our cafes are within corporates, even if the corporates open, they would not want food vendors to operate to avoid the crowd in cafeterias due to the fear of Corona Virus spreading. Perhaps only one main meal vendor will operate Even after the cafes open post-September, sales will drop by at least 50% with many working from home. Our employees with physical, intellectual and psychiatric disability cannot wait to come back to work and we do not have the heart to tell even one of them that they cannot continue to work with us despite being so dedicated.
Our employees have given their heart, soul and their best efforts to make Mitti café the symbol of love and hope. To tell even one of them that we need to let go of them is something we are having nightmares thinking of. We want to ensure this never happens and need your support to protect their dreams.

Each of them has overcome their own disability -Gauri doesn’t have eyes-her hard work and enthusiasm for working makes her stand out. She can catch you when you are happy or sad. Lakshmi can’t hear or speak and is raising her 2 children alone as a single mother after her husband left them, Murthy lost a hand and also his entire family in an accident, Kirti came crawling for the interview because her parents could not afford a wheelchair.today she sits on her wheelchair and manages 7 other people with disability. She is the manager of our first café. Hemant-he has cerebral palsy and has been saving his salary every month so that one day he will build his own house.

Their dreams are bigger than their disability. They believe in themselves, the compassion in people and want to earn with dignity.
Our cost to save Mitti Cafe by supporting the salaries of our 100+ employees( many of whom along with having a disability come from very low-income background/are the only member of the family ) comes to 1.3 crores for 9 months out of which we have raised donations through your support in Milaap. We need to raise 61 lakhs more to support our 116 employees with disabilities and ensure we don’t let go of any of them.
This includes rentals as we have rehabilitated a lot of our current employees who were living on the street /were begging( due to jobs not being available for them, who now work with us with dignity and permanently stay at our accommodation.
During the Corona Crises, we realized the plight of our migrant workers and homeless is heart-wrenching.

Our team of people with disabilities decided to do what they can and must for the country. We have served food and drinking water to 3500 people in need every day and have until now served over 2.73,000 meals.

In the next 15 days, we target to serve 1 lakh meals to our daily wage earners, migrant workers, and the homeless. These are cooked and distributed by our employees with physical, intellectual and psychiatric disability.

We have been helped by the community in cash and kind (through ration ) to continue the No Hunger initiative by our people. We are proud that once the homeless are now serving the homeless and our employees with disabilities stand for the country today.

Thank you for your Support

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Rs.8,841,685 raised

Goal: Rs.10,000,000

20 Days to go

Beneficiary: Mitti Social In... info_outline
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