Total loan: $5,000
San Jose, CA, United States / Construction
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A loan helped me market and advertise my marble company, cover operational costs, and purchase additional vendor samples.
I am from Gazientep, Turkey and have been in the marble and stone business for over 10 years. I grew up poor, with a mother who was abusive. I left the house ar 17, living on the street and finding odd jobs. I eventually found my passion with marble and stone and worked my way up to having my own mining and export company! I was doing well, until the war started in Syria- where my money was invested in a mine. I lost everything in an instant. I had nothing. I came to the US 2 years ago with nothing, but the opportunity to manage a Turkish-owned marble company in San Jose, CA. The owner treated me horribly, but I felt I had no option but to work and save money to get my freedom of business ownership eventually in the US. I met my wife, Hillary over a year ago and she has helped me make this goal. I left that company and started StoneHub, with her support and the money I had saved while employed at that other company. I have a small showroom, with relationships with top vendors and have had a few sales. I'm developing relationships with contractors so they feel confident in my ability to sell top marble/tile etc at costs less than my big competitors. My dream is to become one of the largest stone companies in the US, to be a good provider for my family in Turkey and my family in the US!