We entered in the café after a long day of working in Dehradun.
The cafe looked small from the outside but mind it…it was not. It has a magnificent view of the valley. A beautiful place to relax. Since it was getting dark I decided to come next day again, I wanted to see the beauty that surrounds the café and the story that speaks about it. We came back the next day again. Ordered some delicious potpie, ice teas, pastas and salads.
And met the owner of the Chhaya Cafe Dehradun, Ms. Annamma M. Ebenezer. We had a long chat. She is not only the owner of this café, but also runs the Women’s Development Society ACME of India, leading a group of women working with her in the café, in tailoring, printing and quilting. I was surprised to see the variety that this place offers.
Annamma started slowly by training women challenged by life in many aspects. Now many years later nearly 30 women are supporting their families by working with Annamma. And in last 15 years she has trained more than 600 women, who are now either working in some organisation or have started their own business.
One thing Annamma was very firm about. She said she doesn’t want to sell the sad stories of the women working here, instead their talent should be the priority, as she has seen many NGOs coming to them and trying to sell their stories.
It was worth dropping by this cosy and welcoming café at Rajpur road in Dehradun. I loved the yummilicious food as well as the whole experience of meeting Annamma.
You should go visit the Chhaya Cafe Dehradun and try the delicious potpies and cooling iced teas knowing you support Annamma’s efforts to empower and employ women in India.