Trinidad & Tobago: They call him ‘Black Syrian’: Man grows company from 1 to 130 workers

Thirty-one-year-old Kendal St Louis is the Chief Executive Officer of Ladnek Limited.

The cleaning company, operating for the last 10 years, has become one of the most sought-after in Trinidad and Tobago amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking with Loop News in the lead up to Good News Day, St Louis recalled life before becoming an entrepreneur. He said he did various jobs to survive, one of which was construction.

Considering himself a hustler, he said while working in the industrial sector, he sold any and everything he could. This was why he became known as the “Black Syrian”. Locally, the Syrian-Lebanese community that migrated to T&T from as early as 1904  became known for entrepreneurship, being involved in real estate development, the manufacturing sector and the fast-food industry according to the NALIS library.


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