Jakarta: Some people with hearing loss disability have created a start-up coffee shop called Kopi Tuli.
"We started the company to accommodate people such as us with hearing loss who find it very difficult to get jobs because of their disabilities," Kopi Tuli founder Putri Sampaghita Trisnawinny Santososaid at the University of Indonesia (UI) Works event in Jakarta on Wednesday, October 30, 2019.
After experiencing job rejections from about 500 companies, Putri, together with two friends, Mohammad Adhika Prakoso and Tri Erwinsyah Putra, decided to establish their own inclusive company in May 2018.
"Coffee was chosen since many people usually have coffee when they meet and discuss something," Putri remarked.
She hoped that Kopi Tuli would build an ecosystem of sign language as well as open job opportunities for people with disabilities.
According to her, a year after it was established, Kopi Tuli currently has two coffee shops in Duren Tiga, Jakarta, and Depok, West Java, with nine hearing-impaired employees.
She targeted 1,000 Kopi Tuli coffee shops and 4,000 employers in the future.
The other founder of Kopi Tuli, Prakoso hoped to find nearly Rp2 billion or around US$142,000 in investments to launch four new coffee shops. (Antara)