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Banks Gave Richest Clients ‘Concierge Treatment’ for Pandemic Aid
josé a. alvarado jr.
Apr 23, 2020
Location: Brooklyn
Nadeige Choplet, owner of the clay studio, Choplet Gallery and Ceramic Studio on 238 Grand Street in Brooklyn, is one of many small business owners around the country that had applied for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) but didn’t receive a loan before the program’s funds ran out, despite applying early. Photographed for The New York Times. Words by Emily Flitter and Stacy Cowley. Thanks to Brent Lewis for reaching out and trusting me with this important story. 

Banks Gave Richest Clients ‘Concierge Treatment’ for Pandemic Aid
Some businesses seeking coronavirus loans got to avoid flaky online portals or backed-up queues. Many other small businesses couldn’t get their loan requests submitted before the money dried up.


José A. Alvarado Jr. is a visual storyteller devoted to documenting cultural and social issues, as well as human interest stories in the US and Puerto Rico.
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