Domestic violence survivors shine on Small Business Saturday with their own businesses

Today is a big day for small business owners.

This is the time when they offer discounts in all of their stores.

Argrow’s house is known to help survivors of domestic violence and sell products made by hand by survivors.

This year, the survivors had the opportunity to sell products of their own business.

Renee Connor started her business, Sweet Treats – My Blessings from God from the Heart of a Survivor.

“I make homemade peanut clusters with chocolate, peanuts and love,” Connor said.

She decided to start her business and share her famous treats with the Quad Cities and, at the same time, heal herself.

“I’m a survivor of sexual assault and domestic violence, and I’m trying to turn something bad that happened to me into something good by the faith of God through my healing process,” Connor said. .

Colleen Duenas is a 45 year old survivor and calls herself a successful survivor.

She started her arts and crafts business during the pandemic and is proud to see how survivors continue to shine after everything they’ve been through.

“Starting a business, being successful and coming out on the other side… it’s just amazing,” said Duenas. “I’m so proud of my fellow survivors who do this stuff.”

Aciass Malonga, owner of MozBites, started selling samosas in Freight House Farmers Market.

“I do everything by hand with love and patience… different types of flavors. Chicken, spicy chicken, vegetables, ”said Malonga. “This time I added turkey … salmon too.”

Malonga says she has big plans for the future.

“A food truck for sale in the Quad Cities, all of the Quad Cities, so they can have my own food,” Malonga said.

As for Connor, the sky is the limit when it comes to his business.

“I would love to get involved in the Farmers Market and eventually have my own storefront one day and have a dessert and wine bar,” Connor said.

Argrow’s Store Front, located at 2313 44th St., Moline, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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