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FounderKushal Chakrabarti
Brett Witt
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Vittana was a non-governmental organization that allowed people to lend money via the Internet to students in the developing world.[1] It was a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in Seattle.[2] Vittana focused on student loans because student loans are nearly unavailable in developing countries.[3]

The loans issued by Vittana ranged from $200 to $1,500 and were funded by individual lenders through Kiva's lending platform and Vittana's funds.[1] Students were given cash advances for educational expenses before money from donors had been collected.[4] The cash advance provided by a partner organization was covered when Kiva or Vittana had aggregated sufficient money from donors.[5] A mother or a close relative acted as a co-signer.[3] The recipient of the loan could repay the loan after landing a job.[5] Vittana students had a 98% repayment rate.[1]

Vittana ceased operations in 2014.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Rao. L. (2010). Vittana Applies The Kiva Model To Help Finance Education In Developing Countries. Retrieved March 9, 2011, from
  2. ^ About Vittana. (n.d.). Retrieved March 9, 2011, from
  3. ^ a b A. Villiani, Storytelling: Tall Tales On Online Platforms? Viewed on 11 Mar 2011,
  4. ^ Vittana FAQ from
  5. ^ a b How it works. (n.d.) Retrieved March 9, 2011, from
  6. ^ Soper, Taylor (29 August 2014). "Educational microloan non-profit Vittana shutting down". GeekWire. Retrieved 23 February 2016.

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