Recently, Umer Hussain, the Director at Sweet Tooth in Lahore, shared a post on Facebook introducing everyone to his differently-abled team at this diverse cafe.
Umer mentioned Waleed, a 24-year-old, suffering from muscular dystrophy, calling him an inspiring example and a beacon of hope and resilience.
Talking about Waleed, Umer wrote in his post: “He was our regular customer. I have [a] shared table with him. When I initiated the process of hiring, Waleed showed up. He had always been full of courage and the [need to do] more. Before now, none of my employees had ever walked up to me and asked if I needed anything. But he always comes up to me and asks if I would like to have tea.”
Talking about a little financial crunch he was going through, Umer wrote that he received a message from Waleed suggesting that they should increase their revenue by selling breakfast and opening up early. He was overwhelmed to see his concern and dedication.
Explaining how Waleed and the rest of the staff are all treated equally, Umer wrote that he has never pitied him because of his condition. He has scolded him for coming late many a times and has even told him to be prompt at customer service.
Waleed is not the only star employee at the parlor. Syeda Kiran, a brave warrior fighting it out against polio, has outperformed everyone with her passion to learn.
When Kiran first joined, she lacked confidence and was shy, but today she has managed to overcome her fears. She can make deep dish pizzas, brownies, ice cream mixes, and has even started communicating with the customers, Umer shared in his post.
Anum, is another employee, who lost one leg to polio, but is a pride for her family because of her hard work and dedication.
Anum told Umer how she wished for another leg to help her husband, who was struggling hard to earn a living for their family.
Umer then told her that another leg is not what she needs. Her courage was enough to share the burden. When she took her first salary home, her husband, in-laws and parents could not be more proud of her.
Talking to MangoBaaz about what inspired him to hire differently abled people at the parlor, Umer said,
“I hire the ones no one would hire. First, I groom them and then I train them, and pay them just like others are paid.”
He further added that these people perform better than the regulars – their motivation is unparalleled. They have even recruited transgenders.
He concluded his post by saying that sharing all this was neither a marketing stunt nor was it out of pity. His intention was to tell everyone that these people are fighting it out and showing everyone that they’re probably more skilled than many of us.
Umer told MangoBaaz that Sweet Tooth came into existence for the mere purpose of spreading smiles and helping those who are less privileged. You can find his post here:
This is the very Abled team at Sweettooth! A month ago I recruited the differently abled people, come and meet a few of…
Do not forget to say hello to these amazing people on your next trip to Sweet Tooth. What do you guys think of such initiatives? Let us know in the comments below.
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