USCRI Staff Spotlight: Masady Mani

By USCRI February 21, 2024

We spoke with Masady Mani, loan specialist at USCRI, to talk about her 30 years at our organization as well as her work with the Cambodian Buddhist Society in Maryland.  

Mani arrived in the U.S. in 1990 from Cambodia and began working at USCRI in 1994, back when we were still known as USCR. Since then, she has been a vital member of USCRI and has mentored many in her three decades here.  

USCRI works with IOM to provide newly arrived refugees with zero interest loans, which helps them start rebuilding their lives in the U.S. Mani works in collections and helps newly arrived refugees work out how to repay their loans and understand the U.S. credit system, which is an entirely new concept to many.  

“I think it’s good for me because when I just moved here, a lot of things were new, and I needed to learn. Everything was new to me. So, the thing that I like about working here especially is talking to the clients because I can relate.”  

As someone who has been in their position, Mani is able to connect with her clients and provide more personal and informed advice. Her works is vital to this organization and has put so many on a path to stability in their new homes.  

In addition to her work at USCRI, Mani is a respected member of the Cambodian Buddhist Society, where she teaches Classical Cambodian dance, a style of dance that has existed since the 12th century. Dance has long been a part of Mani’s life. Her house growing up was behind the University of Fine Arts and she would hear the music and go watch the rehearsals. Although it’s common for artists to come from families of artists, Mani’s family didn’t even know about her passion for dance until she had already passed the test to dance at the University of Fine Arts. Since then, she has been a dancer both in Cambodia and since moving to the U.S.  

The Cambodian Buddhist Society in Maryland gives Cambodians in the area a place to celebrate their culture and art.  For Mani, dancing and teaching is a way to share her culture and teach the younger generations. “Here, you’ve moved far away from home, so I’m just trying to keep the traditions and bring it to the kids here.” Some of her original students are now grown up and bring their own children to Mani’s class. These classes are an important way to help younger generations connect to their culture.  


Mani is a mentor to many and an invaluable part of both USCRI and the Cambodian community in the area. Thank you, Masady, for 30 years of work with USCRI. You have helped so many refugees begin their new lives in the U.S. and we couldn’t be more grateful. 

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