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Differently abled employees of this hypermarket win customers’ trust
February 9, 2019 | 8:32 PM
by Times News Service
Customers do not have difficulty in dealing with the differently abled staff, says Yahya Al Nabhani Al Thiqah Hypermarket owner. -Supplied photo
 
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Muscat: Three years ago, Yahya Al Nabhani decided to open a hypermarket unlike any other one in the Sultanate—all the cashiers here are people with special needs.

“I decided that I wanted all the cashiers in my shop to be differently-abled,” Al Nabhani, the owner of Al Thiqah Hypermarket, told Times of Oman.

The project is funded by Al-Rafid Fund and was established in 2015. Al Thiqah, which is the Arabic word for trust, is located in wilayat Seeb in Al Jaffnine area.

Customers do not have difficulty in dealing with the differently abled staff, says Yahya Al Nabhani Al Thiqah Hypermarket owner. -Supplied photo


Al Nabhani, a former government employee, started this initiative to help people with special needs earn a steady source of income.

“I participate in many events involving people with special needs as my son is hearing impaired, and I found that one of the main problems that the disabled face is a lack of jobs. So, I thought about creating a project that would help solve that problem and help them become independent and create a source of income that will enable them to care of their families,” Al Nabhani said.



He added, “Customers have no difficulty in dealing with our hearing-impaired employees. My staff members are intelligent and skilled enough to deal with customers.”

Al Nabhani intends to continue with this initiative in the future. “If I open other branches, I will continue to hire youth with special needs

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