When you walk into Silent Cake in Baiyun district, you may find the bakery staff nice but silent. Some may confirm your order using scratch paper or gesturing with their hands. That's because 10 of the 11 employees of the bakery, from cashier, baker, barista to the deputy manager, suffer from impaired hearing.
There are at least 110,000 hearing-impaired individuals in Guangzhou. "We want to build a business and social circle for the hearing impaired and lower employment barriers for them," said Qiu Junkun, founder of Silent Cake.
He said each of the stores of Silent Cake will employ hearing impaired individuals to fill at least half of the jobs. Those with outstanding performances will be appointed to management posts and given shares of the bakery. "I want them to earn a better life through their own hard work, feel happy and find the many interesting possibilities in life," Qiu said.
Staff members of the bakery use samll cards to confirm orders.
When asked about what she wants to say to customers, a women staff member wrote on a scrap paper: Thanks to customers for coming to the bakery. Without them, we wouldn't be here working.(感谢顾客来我们（店里），没有他们就没有我们。)
Address: Silent Cake, c025, 1/F, Anhua Mall, 756 Baiyun Dadao Bei, Baiyun district (白云大道北756号安华汇)
Opening hours: 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Transportation: Take metro line 3 to Baiyundadaobei (白云大道北), leave from Exit C2; or take bus 126 to Yuanxiatian (元下田) station.