During lockdown, we had adopted a dhaba in Meerut run by physically-challenged people

We are now extending this support till end of this year as it is still struggling. Dhaba owner Amit Sharma has put this sign of Sewa Nyaya Utthan Foundation as a gesture of thanks 🙂 Image
The dhaba opened in January 2021. It received a lot of local media attention. But media coverage doesn’t assure business. We decided to extend the support as the team keeps their expenditure quite in control - Rs 20K a month including raw material and staff salaries. Not bad
I suggested to Amit he should do away with the ‘disabled dhaba’ board as I didn’t see it why it would attract more footfall than normal. But the team wishes to keep it that way. Anyway, here’s wishing they can self-sustain by end of this year. It’s a great initiative, no doubt
By ‘adopting’ the dhaba, I mean we would pay for the raw material and staff salaries till December, which comes to about Rs 20K each month.

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