Promising Start-Ups: International Microfinance

One day our grandchildren will go to museums to see what poverty was like. -Muhammad Yunus
One day our grandchildren will go to museums to see what poverty was like. -Muhammad Yunus

Start-ups can hold the potential to offer innovative or new solutions to existing problems in a field. Therefore, we asked our experts to recommend start-up nonprofits working in their cause. We were interested in organizations that have already had an impact or that have high potential to have an impact in the future. Often, these organizations are just a few years old. How did we get these recommendations?

Year Founded Nonprofit Name Mission
1 2008 Vittana
Around the world, Vittana lenders are helping students get access to higher education for the first time. Students receiving Vittana loans are able to focus on their studies instead of worrying about whether they'll be forced to drop out. Not only are more students able to finish college, but people who never dreamed of college are now able to go for the first time. The dream of the Vittana community is to create something so much bigger than all of us. They aren't in this for market share or profit, but to help build a world where anyone can go to college. Vittana is an Indian word for "seed." A seed, with just a little water and a little love, can grow into a beautiful, amazing, self-sustaining living thing. With just a little love, this too can become something amazing.

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