Remittance services costing African migrants in US
11 August 2014 Last updated at 08:19 BST
The United States has offered billions to contribute to Africa's economic development, but many who left the continent to build a new life in America may be missing out.
The cost of sending money to their families back home is high, with financial institutions pulling out of money transfers that may expose them to accusations of financing terrorists.
Samira Hussain reports from New York.