Firm with a difference gives differently-abled self-esteem
70 pc of the staff in the company are disabled
As the IT capital of the country and a major technology hub, Bengaluru is home to numerous companies in various sectors. But there is a company with a difference, where most of the employees are differently abled.
Vindhya e-Infomedia, a socio-economic venture, is probably the first and only organisation to have 70 per cent of its employees who are visually impaired, physically disabled, autistic and suffering from hearing disabilities. The firm employs 700 people.The BPM (business process management) company had its humble beginnings in 2006.
“The company was started by me and my husband with only two employees. Our primary aim was to create opportunities for those who did not get many. After the company started to grow, word spread and more differently abled joined us,” said by Pavithra Y S, managing director of the company.
The company has grown by leaps and bounds, but Pavithra is aiming higher. “Our goal is to expand the company and add 5,000 employees in the next two or three years, most of whom will be differently abled,” she said. The company has just started recruiting visually impaired employees.
“We have added four such employees who will be trained to handle voice processing aspects,” she said. “The quality of work and the commitment is unparalleled. All the employees are doing a very good job. In fact, we are doing better than many companies. The company has become like one family”. What’s more, the official language in the company is ‘sign language’ and even its founder has learnt to communicate with her staff in sign language.
“I did not know anything about sign language before. One of the employees taught me,” Pavithra said. Vasantha Kumari, who is with the company for the past eight years, suffers from polio since birth. “Before joining the company, I used to think that I was the only person with these hardships. I had low self-confidence. After coming here, I felt very good meeting people who had gone through the same problems,” she said. This BCom graduate serves as a quality executive.