Geeks Give Back

Starting November 1st, GeekWire and Vittana are hosting a competition to discover the Northwest’s most generous tech company. The team that raises the most money during the month of November will be honored on stage at the GeekWire Gala, December 6th. Click here to jump to the details.

Vittana is graduating a generation beyond poverty through student loans to youth in the developing world. Our loans come directly from small lenders like you through our website. With the help of our lenders, we have made loans to more than 6,000 students and continue to maintain a 99% repayment rate. Making a loan through Vittana gives you the chance to use your money to change the lives of students around the world — students like Ana Lizbeth Aburto Salgado.

Ana Lizbeth dreamed of becoming a programer. She was attending a top school in Nicaragua but her family couldn’t support her. Determined to make it, Ana found two jobs as a receptionist and began taking classes at night. A few months later, with little sleep and the stress of two jobs, she was sick from exhaustion.

Ana Lizbeth’s dream could have ended there, but because of a $713 Vittana Loan, she was able to graduate and is now earning twice as much, going from $5 a day to $9 a day. She’s already fully repaid her loan. But, what makes Ana most proud is achieving her mother’s dream of learning to think beyond her home and become a working professional.

Now, Ana is expecting her own child, “This will give me the power to give my children a better education and a good home.”

Tell me more

Vittana is helping a generation of students in the developing world to graduate beyond poverty with crowd-funded loans. From Nov. 1 through Dec. 5, teams from the tech community will compete to see who can lend the most money. The winning team will be announced on December 6, at the GeekWire Gala in McCaw Hall at the Seattle Center!

Why should I join? 

Your loans can change the lives of students around the world. Education breaks the cycle of poverty, gives people the skills they need to help themselves, and empowers young people to give back to their communities. And you get to show the whole tech community that your company is among the most generous in the biz, all while getting big exposure on stage at the GeekWire Gala.

Who can enter? 

The competition is open to all companies in the Northwest tech community.

How do I make a loan? 

Go to our leaderboard and look for your company.  You can contribue right on the page or follow the link in your team name to select an individual student.

Don’t see your company listed? 

If your company dosen’t already have an existing team on our website, visit www.vittana.org/teams/new and fill the form to create a new lending team.

How can I get updates on my team’s progress? 

Click here to view the official Geeks Give Back leader board.

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Isaiah Brookshire

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Isaiah joined Vittana in 2012. He manages Vittana’s story, working on everything from social media and community outreach to messaging and customer service.