Financing Brazilian private schools can be good business

The company emerged during the Covid pandemic offering a way to keep tuition payments on time

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Sagrada Família, a Franciscan philosophy school in Belo Horizonte, which uses Educbank financing solutions. Photo courtesy of Educbank

Some six years ago, Danilo Costa abandoned his career in law and delved into the world of education. Coming from a family of teachers, he focused on setting up full-time primary and secondary schools aimed at Brazil’s low and middle-income households, eyeing up what he saw as a gap in the market.

Soon, he came up against one of the sector’s biggest challenges: debt. He noticed that families would repeatedly delay the payment of monthly tuition fees, leaving them with the challenge of settling their dues at the end of the year to re-enroll their child for the next...

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