This thriving business, which makes packaging for sweetmeats and biryani, has been running for about a year. Not only is it providing a great service to its many customers, it’s also challenging perceptions about people with disabilities: Satata’s owners, Juthika, 21, Ranu, 25, and Hanufa, 30, are all visually impaired.
The three women started the business after taking part in a Sightsavers project that provided vocational training and employment support for people with disabilities. Before joining the project, they didn’t believe they could do anything and they rarely left the house. Now the women are confident in their own abilities and eager to show the community the potential of people with disabilities.
They were nervous at first, but their confidence soon grew. “We didn’t have any idea how to do business, how to set up a business, how to communicate with people, how to deal with them,” says Hanufa. “But through this training, so much has changed. We know so many things now.”