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Aug 24, 2017

How Banana Businessman Plans to Rebuild

In order for Zabaneh to move on with his life, he now has to rebuild his businesses from the ground up.  He says the ordeal has also taken a significant toll on his elderly mother whose Maya King banana processing company he had been managing.

 

On the Phone: John Zabaneh, Businessman

“We were reduced and marginalized down to nothing.  No banks would accept, and it’s not me and John Zabaneh, it’s the whole family, the whole family.  All my kids couldn’t have a bank account, couldn’t do any business.  My mom was kicked out from the banks.  My grandkids, their junior account, I mean small money, a hundred and fifty, maybe the oldest one had a couple hundred dollars, they kicked them out of the bank.  Every little thing that everybody day-to-day takes for granted had become major undertaking for us and we were reduced down to nothing, to poverty.  Believe it or not, nobody would believe until now that all this came out that it was, that was it from the beginning, I was, that’s exactly what I fought for and I mean, people say I was crazy for me to even take on something like this.  But I had no choice, I mean, it’s either that or accept that allegation, accept it, you know, I had to fight.  And it was so from the beginning until right now.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“What do you do now in terms of trying to either resume your business operation or do you start from scratch?  What happens next for John Zabaneh?”

 

John Zabaneh

“What it takes now dah wahn rebuilding process and as I am trying to compose myself and how we’re going from here.  The banana farms have been completely destroyed and those farms are not even my personal properties.  Those are Myrtle Sheran’s, who is my mother, but I manage them and that is a fact, oh yes, through Maya King.  I manage them.  My mother is ninety-years-old.”

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