PUTRAJAYA: A cafe which employs staff with disabilities has been opened at the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry here.
Called Daya Cafe, the business is a collaboration between the Secretariat of the Director of Social Welfare Incorporated, the ministry’s service management department and the board of visitors of Bengkel Daya Klang Selangor.
Located at the lobby, the cafe operates from 8am to 5pm on working days. It is manned by two employees with mild learning disability and physical disability.
Sendi Jarrau, an Iban from Sarikei, has been working at Daya Cafe for about two weeks.
She decided to give it a try after answering a job recruitment notice on Facebook, and she was glad to have been given the opportunity.
“I have worked in a factory before, among other jobs. After working here, I feel like I have found a job that I like,” said the 28-year-old.
Sendi’s motor skills on the left part of her body were affected by a high fever when she was eight years old.
She previously took a computer course at the Industrial Training and Rehabilitation Centre, an entity under the Social Welfare Depart-ment, in Bangi.
A member of the board of visitors, Risamuddin Wahab, said business at Daya Cafe has been encouraging and better than initially expected.
“We had expected to bring in sales of between RM300 and RM500 a day, and for now we are doing better than that,” he said.
An institution under the Social Welfare Department, Bengkel Daya Klang Selangor trains people with physical and learning disabilities skills such as sewing, baking, embroidery and others to help them to be independent and competitive in the job market.
It now runs a bistro in Klang and has plans to operate food trucks and convenience stores.
Its manager Mohammad Azib Hassan said the pastries served at Daya Cafe were baked at their centre in Klang. Daya Cafe, which has been in operation a week before Hari Raya Aidilfitri, was launched yesterday by Deputy Prime Minister and Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.