Bringing Education to Students Around the World

by Andrea on July 24, 2012

I’m sure you have heard of microfinance organizations that are making big changes with small amounts of money all around the world.  But have you heard of Vittana that is taking microfinance principles into the global field of student loans?  The US and a handful of countries are the only locations were the concept of student loans even exist.  For the millions of students that live outside these countries, getting an education is basically impossible as they don’t have access to funds to pay for the school related expenses.  Vittana was not okay with that and created a tool for everyday people like you and me to become micorfinanciers and help students get an education.  Pretty awesome, right?

That means that you can take $25 or any other amount of your hard earned money and loan it to a hand selected prospective and eager student of your choosing.  Once they are done with school, they will pay it back.  They will, 99.8% of the time.  And then, you get to invest your money again in another student selected by you. Lather, wash, repeat. Just think what a difference your investment will make, over and over and over and over again.  It’s remarkable really.

I have a particular interest in Vittana because from the get go, they were on the ground in Nicaragua helping connect students will school loans and educational opportunities.  I have a tremendous soft spot in my heart for Nicaragua and have been following this organization ever since. It doesn’t hurt that they are based in Seattle, and I’ve heard the inspirational founder speak several times.

Does this sound like something you could see yourself getting behind? Well let me sweeten the pot for you, just a bit.  Between now and Friday, July 27, one of their supporters is hosting a give back birthday. Tim will match up to $50,000 of all funds donated in honor of his birthday.  Yup, double your student loan by donating this week.

Orrrr…. consider having a give back birthday of your own. It would certainly make for a memorable way to celebrate a special birthday. On that note, you know we love parties around here, wouldn’t this make for a fun spin on a back to school party? The possibilities are endless.  And so are the opportunities created for these students once they complete their education!  I invite you to visit Vittana and see what they are up to.

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