Aissata came to New York in 2010 to seek humanitarian asylum. Aissata had been an IT network administrator for a renowned humanitarian organization in Mali, overseeing operations for the capital and three regional offices, but needed a college degree to resume her career in the United States. In 2010 she enrolled in Fordham University. She completed BCNA’s IDA program with $2,000 in savings and received a matching grant that she used toward school expenses, including a new computer and textbooks.
• IDA Savings