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Acid attack survivors have found hope to build their livelihood at the Sheroes Cafe in Agra that invites people from all over the world.
What Is It?
In a city famous for its Taj Mahal, Sheroes is well-known for one amazing reason. It is a cafe run by survivors of acid attacks. It was started by Rupa in 2014 and only in a few short years, it has managed to become one of the popular spots in the city. Cramped up between some small eateries, this cafe near Fatehabad Road has made its way into our hearts.
Being born out of a campaign to raise awareness against acid attacks, Rupa has been the brilliant mind behind this project. The women working in this cafe, just like Rupa, were brutally attacked by acid being thrown on their faces at a very early age in their lives. They are now in their 20s but they feel a sense of belonging with one another. Whether it was due to a rejected marriage proposal, or a stepmother’s hatred, these women have already faced the cruelties in life.
What’s In It?
Most of the customers at Sheroes are foreign tourists and they love the hospitality at Sheroes. This cafe only serves vegetarian dishes mainly North Indian and Continental items. The customers can pay how much ever they like and there’s no fixed bill as such. Basically, the cafe makes a good amount of profit throughout the year, but they also run on crowd funding from time to time.
The campaign helped to bring these acid attack victims together so that they could support one another and earn a livelihood. Started in Agra, Sheroes now has branches in Udaipur and Lucknow as well.
Agra – Opposite The Gateway Hotel, Fatehabad Road, Tajganj, Agra
Lucknow – Opposite Dr. B R Ambedkar Park, Adjacent Lucknow Metro Office, Vipin Khand, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 262010
Udaipur – Arvana Shopping Mall, 2nd Floor, Hathipole Chauraha,, Chohtta Chetak Rd, Chamanpura, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Approx cost: ₹300 for two people
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