Last year Vittana teamed up with the Peruvian Institute for Educational Development (IPFE), to help students with limited financial resources transform their lives through post secondary education.
Under the guidance and vision of CEO Marushka Chocobar, this small non-profit, which celebrated it’s 50th anniversary last year, has been expanding its workforce. Due to their intimate knowledge of student loans, IPFE has hired three current student loan recipients to help support their student loan program.
Gerardo Patiño Olano, an economics major at the University of Piura received a Vittana loan in May 2012. In October of that year Gerardo answered a job posting on the IPFE Facebook page and was hired as an analyst to examine the economic and social impacts of proposed loan programs. Lacking financial support from his family he pays his tuition and school costs himself. The Vittana loan and his job with IPFE have been essential to his success.
Gerardo has assisted IPFE and Vittana to promote the loan program by giving informational talks at universities and technical schools. He is planning to graduate in July 2015.