Communal Pathways to Shared Prosperity
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About The Event
Approximately six out of every ten New Yorkers are either immigrants or the children of immigrants. Despite their contribution to the economy, immigrants are less likely to qualify for loans or credit in the United States than native-born Americans. However, despite this lack of access to mainstream sources of capital, the growing number of minority-owned businesses suggests that other avenues to capital also exist. A communal, decentralized approach to finance is something that residents of Asia, Africa, Caribbean, and Latin America developed in response to fragile financial infrastructure, and which immigrants from these countries have brought to the United States.
Through this event, we will discuss the ways that these communal finance systems operate; creating opportunities for immigrants to achieve financial prosperity in their new homes.
This discussion will feature a panel of experts in the field of immigration, small business loans, community activism, and immigrant art.
- Yanki Tshering - Executive Director, Business Center for New Americans
- Sharon Khunkhun - Immigration Lawyer, Law Office of Sharon KhunKhun
- Zahra Banyamerian - Program Associate, NYFA Learning
- María Antonieta Castro-Cosío - PhD in Public and Urban Policy, The New School for Social Research
Shagun Singh - Principal, Urban Matter Inc & Prana App