I’ve mentioned before how atheists are atop the leaderboard at Kiva — a website that “allows people to lend money via the Internet to microfinance institutions in developing countries which in turn lend the money to small businesses…” It’s a wonderful charity.
The 5,000+ members of the Atheists, Agnostics, Skeptics, Freethinkers, Secular Humanists and the Non-Religious group have given over $763,000 in loans!
And Kiva Christians are in second
But here’s a fun twist: If you sort by category, by “Religious Congregations,” who sits atop the leaderboard then?
Not Kiva Mormons. They’re in 3rd.
Not Catholic Kiva. They’re in 2nd.
In 1st, members of The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster! The 600+ members have loaned over $82,000.
USA Today‘s Cathy Lynn Grossman has taken notice:
To really help “the last and the least” do you have to focus on “the lost” as well?
Maybe not — if you go by the statistics at Kiva, the international internet person-to-person micro-lending site where it appears that folks with no religion are spirited participants in efforts to uplift the world’s poorest.
Bobby Henderson is trying to get his team to crack the $100,000 mark.
Here’s hoping he reaches that goal!