Through the Fire
As Diallo Daru expanded his business, the Market was there for his family every step of the way
As an entrepreneur from Guinea, West Africa, Diallo Daru is no stranger to the ups and downs of starting a new business. But starting a new business in a new country coupled with the challenge of adjusting your family to a new life adds new challenges.
When he learned about the Flatbush Caton Market Daru knew this was a great opportunity and the perfect location to start his tailoring business. It was also easier for Daru and his wife to take turns managing the storefront and taking care of their children near-by. He has been with the market since the beginning and was a part of the original graduating class. “My kids grew up here. The Market is like our extended family,” say Daru.
He credits the market with providing not only affordable space but educational classes and resources to help him learn how to market his business.
In 2004, Daru expanded his business to a storefront in Brooklyn. Two years later, his storefront was destroyed in a devastating fire. During this time his was able to come back to the market until he was able to find another space. “They helped me out so much, to be able to come back here and keep my business,” says Daru.
He deeply appreciates the support and assistance the market afforded him so that he could maintain his business and continue to service his clients. Daru was able to find new space and now operates his business with his wife in Flatbush Brooklyn. He keeps close ties with the Market and his extended family.
New business address:
Diallo Daru / Sallam
858-A Flatbush Ave. And Floor
(Bet. Martense & linden)
Brooklyn, NY 11226
Diallo Daru / Sallam specializes in African Embroidery & Alterations as well as original designs and tailoring
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