Bengaluru’s Mitti Cafe wins Bumble Grant Program 2020


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 reduction work.

“Food is the need of the hour,” says founder Alina Alam, “The grant money is going towards the Mitti Karuna Meals, where our persons with disabilities are serving daily-wage earners and the homeless. We have been able to 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 by way of the Grant Program, launched in March 2020. As part of the initiative, they supplied winners ₹1,00,000 throughout 11 nations, together with India, USA, UK, Russia, Germany, Australia, France, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, and New Zealand.

Of the 20,000 candidates worldwide throughout sectors like meals and repair, retail, CSR, expertise, trend and life-style, healthcare, training, and extra, 2,000 SME candidates had been from India. Thirteen of those have obtained the grant, and eight of those companies are led by girls entrepreneurs.

Director and COO of Mitti, Swati Dokania says, “Bumble’s vision of small businesses working through the community, to make a change, and sustain each other, aligns with ours. That is why we applied for the grant.”

As of now, the 12 Mitti Cafe branches, arrange inside numerous workplace campuses comparable to Infosys and Wipro, will stay shut to remain secure from the pandemic. However, the Mitti Karuna Meals initiative is on-going. “Our staff of adults with disabilities came up with this idea, and that’s why we reached out to organisations, including Bumble, to kickstart this,” says Alina.

The 116 employees members at Mitti Cafe are at the moment serving to feed the homeless. However, lots of the employees, together with assistant supervisor, Rajasekhar, used to reside off the streets as effectively. “He has an intellectual disability, but today, he trains other people we hire,” says Alina, including, “Our aim is to help create awareness while at the same time, support them financially.”

Mitti Cafe now has plans of increasing to Chennai, Mumbai and Hyderabad.

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