Mitti Cafe

Mitti Cafe

Founder: Alina Alam

Background: Masters in Development, Azim Premji University; ran two other social ventures as a student before starting MITTI Café.
MITTI Café is a livelihood development initiative for adults with physical, intellectual and multiple disabilities.

Learn more: mitticafe.org

The Solution
MITTI Café focuses on skilling and employing adults with physical, mental and psychiatric disabilities, especially from economically deprived backgrounds, in the hospitality sector. Through cafés run at corporate and institutional campuses, MITTI provides them a platform to leverage their potential and become gainfully employed, while also promoting inclusion. The PwD employees live a life of dignity and self-worth, transitioning from dependents to active earning members.

Areas of Focus Livelihood Development and Promoting Inclusion for People with Disabilities

Geographical Reach: Bengaluru and Hubli in Karnataka

Impact*
  • 12 cafés across 2 cities
  • 116 PwDs employed
  • 10 corporate partners

Achievements Forbes 30 under 30; Bangalore Trote Trophy 2018; Best CSR Initiative - Indian Restaurant Awards 2018; TIECON Entrepreneur of the Year 2018; Microsoft Nipman Award 2018; Rotary Exemplar Award 2019; Times She Unlimited Award 2019.

*As of April 2020