Dreams worth supporting in Nicaragua

Every once in a while an idea comes along that makes so much sense, you wonder why no one thought of that before. It just seems so obvious. That was my reaction when I first heard about Vittana — through a commercial on Hulu of all things. It was a little shocking to learn that [...]

Microfinance in Nicaragua

I’m on my way back from Granada on what’s called a “microbus”, a term that refers to the size of the bus rather than the number of passengers.   I am sitting in a very small seat which I’m sharing with my 3 new best friends. There is music blasting from the bus radio.  Women push [...]

Happy Friday the 13th!

Hurray! It’s Friday – and not just any Friday, but Friday the 13th! Are we suffering from Friggatriskaidekaphobia? No way! We think 13 is a lucky number – and Friday is always a good karma day for us. Why? At Vittana, we look forward to Fridays because we get to look back at the week, [...]

Haward: Before and After, and Paying it Forward

Almost every day is a good day at Vittana. We work hard, we have fun. We’re scrappy, and we sweat the details 24/7 to get more students funded. Like any company, some days are better than others. Last week, we had an extremely good day.  Why? We received an amazing update from Haward, one of [...]

Student highlights: Alejandro Vargas

Have you looked closely at the bios of any of our students lately? They have amazingly compelling stories. Often, it is our Fellows who meet them in person and tell their stories (like here, here and here), but as we are currently in a brief lull between Fellows, I am going to do my best [...]

Seattle to Managua: A pre-trip briefing…

This week, I will travel to Managua to spend some time with Vittana’s Nicaraguan partner, AFODENIC.  I shared some quick thoughts about the trip (and some screen time for Dusky) below: A number of outstanding Nicaraguan students, including Jazmina Amador, Maria Valverde Rios, and Howard Morales, are currently fundraising on our site.  Make a loan [...]