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Category Archives: Vittana
Vittana has a new CEO. Robin Wolaner. Here’s the email that got sent out to the Vittana mailing list this morning: What a few months! 10,000 students, two new countries, and today we’re moving into new offices as I write this – Vittana is racing forward, but there’s something even more special – A new CEO! We set out to look for a unicorn and, guess what? We found her. Her name … Read More >>
Last month Vittana was matching loans to all new users and it was such a success that this month they are matching loans for existing users! Vittana has been given $40,000 to use for matching, but only until 11:59pm on March 1st, so make sure you loan soon! 2x Matching Campaign! from Vittana on Vimeo.
Most of the readers here likely already familiar with Vittana. I’ve known Kushal Chakrabarti since 2008, and am a big fan. Here is a 30 minute video he did with Seattle Voices.
Big news today that two of the big names in microfinance are now working together — Vittana and Kiva. + Vittana, currently in 12 countries, will be able to scale up the number of loans to students they distribute by taking advantage of Kiva’s massive audience of funders as a source of capital. Congrats to both parties for joining forces!
Congrats to the Seattle based microfinance startup Vittana for receiving a $250,000 grant from Google.org to help their efforts in supporting students all over the world get a higher education: “Supporting 2,000 students in 12 countries, Seattle non-profit recognized for Empowerment through Technology. Efforts to increase global access to education received a big boost today: Google.org, making $40 million in end of year grants across three categories, announced that it … Read More >>
Last week, Vittana along with it’s lenders funded it’s 1,000th student through microfinance loans! Additionally, they are launching their campaign “What does education mean to you?” which recently aired on Hulu. If you haven’t yet seen the PSA, here it is for you: What Does Education Mean to You? from Vittana on Vimeo.
A few minutes ago, I ended up at the Huff Post reading this thank you from Kushal at Vittana. I thought I’d embed their video here since I’m sure that are at least a few myKRO.org readers who have donated to Vittana in 2010.
A little while ago Vittana hit a milestone of $100k in loans.Â Tomorrow, on 5/18, they hit another milestone: they are turning one!Â Come help Vittana celebrate by coming to the party this Tuesday at the Spitfire in Seattle. When: Tuesday, May 18; 6-10 p.m. Where: Spitfire, 2219 4th Ave., Seattle, WA RSVP here About Vittana “We believe in the power of education to change circumstances forever and in its … Read More >>