I am super excited to introduce you to the awesomeness that is Vittana.org. – A micro-lending site for student loans.
My love of Kiva is well publicized, as it is one of the easiest and safest ways to make a difference. Plus, they don’t send you junk mail, which I hate.
Now Vittana picks up where Kiva left off. Supplying loans to students in developing nations so they can complete their education and become problem solvers within their community.
The students pay you back and you can either pocket the money or re-loan to another student. Also, unlike Kiva you can donate any amount you want – from $1 to $100,000. Those of us who have been students know that even $1 helps buy a cup of Ramen.
I found out about Vittana because I was contacted by one of their interns Isabel about a campaign launched by New York Times Best Selling author Tim Ferris who has pledged to match every donation to $50,000 for his 35th birthday. He’ll also buy the person who does the most good a round trip ticket to anywhere in the world as long as you become part of the campaign by his birthday on July 27th.
I loaned to a woman named Huda in Jordan who is going to school for computer science. Her loan is 90% funded – help me out and send Huda to school!