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Sunday, January 8, 2012

PRESS RELEASE: Atheists Raise $6 Million in Microfinance Loans To Alleviate Poverty


Contact: Peter Kroll

Atheists Raise $6 Million in Microfinance Loans To Alleviate Poverty

In just over three and a quarter years the community of Atheists, Agnostics, Skeptics, Freethinkers, Secular Humanists and the Non-Religious (AASFSHNR) at have raised $6 million (USD) in interest-free loans to help end poverty. is a US non-profit organization that connects lenders with borrowers, from around the globe, who need a micro-finance loan. Peter Kroll, the AASFSHNR community team leader and founder, commented "Financially, the world is an unfair place. What we are discovering, on the Internet, is the more we engage each other with peer-to-peer technology the fairer the world becomes. We are providing access to opportunities. We feel it's our responsibility to step up and help shape the world for the better."

The AASFSHNR community has raised more than any other community on Kiva, followed by the Kiva Christians at $3.4 million and Team Europe at $2.4 million.

Most of the world's poor live without access to banking. Without collateral they cannot arrange for a loan or open a savings account. has made it possible for an ordinary person to proactively contribute to making a positive change to this situation.

Kiva's co-founder Matt Flannery has put out a call that "now is a time for the world's privileged to demonstrate to the world's poor just how compassionate and resilient we are."

Micro-finance is the brain-child of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mohammad Yunus. Yunus realized decades ago, on a visit to a poor village in his country of Bangladesh, that the local people were caught in an endless cycle of debt caused by loan-sharks. He realized what a difference it would make by "removing the barriers faced by the poor so that they can unleash their creativity and intelligence in the service of humanity."


Unknown said...

Good press release, unfortunately it's full of typos. Is there any chance it can be edited?

Tropical Pete said...

I edited it... hopefully I caught them all.

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HawksEye said...

I altered that sentence "... more than any other community on Kiva. In second place are the Kiva Christians ... followed by Team Europe...."

I'm hoping that might spur some of the conservative xtians in my region to action! (i'm in a very scary place, these days... really right-wing republican, christian... help!)


HawksEye said...

... meant to say I altered that sentence, then sent it to my local newspaper!

Tropical Pete said...

Thanks for the edits!