#RefugeesWelcome at BCNA's 7th Annual Immigrant Heritage Week Awards

April 26, 2018

by Yanki Tshering

This year's BCNA Immigrant Heritage Week Awards ceremony had a special and very timely focus: supporting refugees and displaced people as they rebuild their lives, often from nothing. That focus reflected an energized and passionate recommitment by our Board of Directors and our dedicated staff to our mission of supporting refugees as well as immigrants here in New York.  

We were therefore extremely grateful to have Aline Sara, the co-founder of NaTakallam, as our very moving and inspiring Keynote speaker.

Meet BCNA Board Member Kwame Marfo

March 07, 2018

by Yanki Tshering

Kwame Marfo, one of the newest members of the BCNA Board, is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at the Africa Empowerment Fund. He was the founder of Diaspora Capital LLP, a West Africa-focused investment platform, worked in strategy and business model analysis at the Bank of England, and was an Executive Producer of the award-winning documentary, When Elephants Fight. In addition to his work with BCNA, he is on the Boards of the Microfinance Club of New York and Nuku Inc., an Accra-based health and nutritional company working to create malaria-free zones in Sub-Saharan Africa.

We sat down with Kwame to learn more about his inspiration, his achievements, and his goals.

$20 Million and Counting!

February 09, 2018

by Yanki Tshering

When I asked our loan portfolio manager, Jessica Martin, to bring me our most recent numbers for a report last week, I wasn't expecting the extraordinary news she was about to share.       

In January, we issued our 3,070th loan, bringing the total amount of small business loans BCNA has disbursed since its first loan in 1998 to a remarkable 20 million dollars!

What makes this milestone exciting is more than just the excellent work of our terrific loan officers. It is that each dollar went to helping our clients – the vast majority of whom are recent immigrants or refugees.

Grateful for Another Year with Impact

December 07, 2017

by Yanki Tshering

Thanksgiving has come and gone and the Holidays are here, but this year in particular, we are still reflecting on that most American of all holidays, during which we are reminded of the original immigrants and refugees persecution who came to this country, fleeing persecution for a better life. At BCNA, this time of year also coincides with our annual review of the impact of BCNA's services in the past fiscal year, as well as a time to reflect with gratitude about the wonderful organizations and funders who have helped us help immigrants and refugee clients this year.

Building Visibility for Himalayan Restaurants in Jackson Heights

November 01, 2017

a guest blog post by Jeff Orlick

This summer Jeff Gorlick - organizer of last year's very successful Momo Crawl  and this year's upcoming November 5th Momo Crawl - and Tshering Gurung of BCNA's Jackson Heights office met with several Tibetan and Nepali restaurant owners about how to improve their online presence to make it easier for potential customers to find their restaurants online and to share their experiences through social media.