Total loan: $2,250


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Chester, VA, United States / Services

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David's story

Hi, I’m David Pastran, Owner of River City Upholstery LLC in Chester, VA. Upholstery is a longstanding family tradition and personal dream of mine. My family owned an upholstery business in El Salvador for 20 years before the breakout of the Civil War forced us to relocate in 1980. Together, we endured a treacherous trip across Mexico into to the United States under refugee status. There, I was raised in Long Island, NY until I was 12, before we moved to Virginia. At 20, I joined the United States Marine Corps as a food subsistence specialist and proudly served my country for eight years. Doing so allowed me the opportunity to travel around the world and get to know many diverse people and cultures. Today, I am a proud father of two boys, a business owner, and a full-time student of Business Administration at John Tyler community college in Chester VA. The key to my happiness comes from serving others, resulting in my passion for helping the community. Starting a business cannot simply be about money; its foundation is strongest when it is based on purpose and meaning. My goal is to launch an apprenticeship-based upholstery program aimed at high school students with ADD/ADHD, and adults returning from addiction rehabilitation or prison, in developing a practical new skill set.