A loan of $5,000 helped to finish building a kitchen for their store.

Rajvinder's story

Rajvinder and Jesbir (shown here in their store) moved from India to California's Central Valley in 1988. They raised two children who are now grown and have graduated from college. It was Rajvinder's dream to own a retail business and, when he lost his job at a local security camera manufacturing plant which was downsizing, he turned this dream into a reality and opened Maharaja Sweets & Spices. The store offers Indian specialty products to the growing Indian community in Clovis, CA (there are now over 50,000 people of Indian descent living in the Central Valley).

Almost a year after opening, the business is still getting established but, because the store is located in a growing part of town and a new Sikh temple is being built just a few blocks away, the couple expect business to continue to grow. Rajvinder is there 7 days a week, 10 hours a day, to keep the doors open. Jesbir and their children also help when they are not working.

Last year, customers started requesting hot food that they could take to go. The couple invested in the build out of a small kitchen in the back of the store. To get to this point, they have maxed their personal credit and, due to the fact that the business is still in start-up phases according to bank standards, they can’t acquire a business loan. Fresno CDFI's $5,000 loan will assist them with the completion of the kitchen by purchasing supplies and ingredients to get the kitchen off the ground.

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