A Café that Sells Not Just Tea, but Also Inclusion

Nukkad Café in Chhattisgarh State Hires Only Differently-Abled and Trans People

There are many tea outlets in the eastern state of Chhattisgarh, but none like Nukkad Café, which hires only people with disabilities and from the transgender community. On Dec. 10, the Human Rights Day, the café received the NCPEDP-Mindtree Helen Keller Award 2020 for showing “commitment towards promoting equal employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.”

The idea behind Nukkad Café, however, is more than just employment. It’s mostly inclusion and integration. In the video above, Priyank Patel, who started the café in 2013, introduces us to some of his staff and shares his journey thus far.

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