Javad Yaghoubi, an Afghan refugee who came to America with his family three years ago, is the proud owner of City Shade, a sunglasses cart in Arden Fair mall. When he first arrived in Sacramento, Javad found a job at a phone accessories shop. The entire time, he was considering opening his own business to better support his family.
When a sunglasses cart in the mall went up for sale, Javad jumped at the opportunity. He purchased the business in November of 2014, but needed more capital for inventory. Javad heard about Opening Doors from his brother, and came to us for technical assistance and a loan.
Opening Doors helped Javad create a strong business plan and cash flow projections. By December, Opening Doors approved him for an $8,000 loan, which he used to purchase a variety of inventory right before the holiday rush.
He now manages the cart with the help of his brother and sister. In addition to Javad’s position as business owner, the cart has created two new jobs. Javad appreciates the help Opening Doors provided to ensure he was prepared to run a business.