Abans was founded in 1968 by Aban Pestonjee, a young homemaker and mother of three. Experiencing the challenges faced in a closed economy when it came to washing, cleaning and taking care of her home, she boldly embarked on the goal of making the lives of homemakers like herself easier and more convenient through the usage of home appliances. Armed with little more than grit and determination, she purchased, repaired and resold reconditioned appliances with a guarantee at her modest corner store in Colombo.
She also set up a makeshift workshop in her home garage to repair and service the appliances sold by her. Despite the initial struggles experienced in a then male-dominated industry, her store became highly popular due to her strong emphasis on personalized customer relations, efficient after-sales services and high-quality appliances.
Today Abans is a regional powerhouse with a presence all over Sri Lanka and in parts of South Asia. Consisting of over 45 companies with more than 15,000 employees, Abans Group has a solid business footprint, and is the Market Leader in many of its business categories encompassing Retail Operations, Services, Logistics, Manufacturing, Real Estate and Infrastructure. The Conglomerate represents some of the world’s best brands in Sri Lanka. Aban Pestonjee herself has been honored several times over with international and local Entrepreneurship Awards, and numerous Woman’s achievement awards. She was also o featured in a Harvard Business School interview, which focused on the development of emerging markets.
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