A loan of $1,000 helped purchase more history books and merchandise for the holidays.

Selvadurai's story

I was born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. As I grew up, my family and I lived through the Sri Lankan Civil War. There were often air strikes during the war, and it was never peaceful back in my home country. I fled the country when I was 28 years old, and in 1999, I arrived in New York.

I worked multiple jobs in New York and then moved to Delaware for available jobs there, but I always envisioned myself opening a business. I saved my earnings from my previous jobs and in 2008 opened a souvenir store in Old City, Philadelphia, called Abi Quick Shop.

I finally became a business owner and began living the American Dream. However, it seemed like it might end all too quickly when street construction disrupted business traffic and went on for over a year. It was so bad that I eventually had to get a part time job to cover the losses from the store, and I still didn’t have enough income to purchase more inventory.

I then began working a graveyard shift full time at Chester Valley Rehabilitation while also attending school full time to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. With great determination to save my dream, I attended a Women's Opportunities Resource Center workshop, and they helped me turn things around.

Business is back on track and I plan to expand my shop once things are fully stabilized.

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About Abi Quick Shop

Industry: Services
Years in operation: More than 5 years

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