Maleknaser immigrated to El Paso, Texas in 1999 and tried to leverage his previous experience owning a construction business to find construction jobs, but his inability to speak Spanish and different regulations in the U.S. made it difficult to succeed. While his family and children settled in El Paso, he was forced to take a construction job in California if they wanted to survive.
It wasn't until 2007 that Maleknaser had enough resources to move back to El Paso, take a risk, and launch his own business: Caspian Construction. While looking for jobs, he was referred to LiftFund by a friend. He received consultation and a loan to purchase tools and equipment to get his business off the ground.