September 8th, 2007


Kiva - successful beyond their wildest dreams?

I checked out Kiva this morning since I had some email updates, and found this notice on the front page:

Congratulations Kiva Lenders!

We've funded EVERY business on the site!! Your loans are now on their way to the developing world. Those of you who have been with us for a while probably know that this has something to do with the recent glowing press we've received and the record traffic that has come along with it.

First time visitors can rest assured - The Kiva team and our Field Partners around the globe are hard at work receiving and approving new loan applications right now. We hope to have more businesses posted on the site within 24 hours, so please check back again shortly (hit 'Ctrl-d' to bookmark us!).

With your help, one day we'll run out of businesses forever. We at look forward to the day our website ceases to be a functioning microfinance site and instead becomes an online museum dedicated to showing future generations what we used to call "poverty."

Until then, you can help us in our efforts to reach more businesses by making a donation to Kiva's operating expenses. Keep up the great work!

I made a copy of the notice since I don't know how long it will stay up. They do usually get a new batch of loans up when the morning starts stateside, and sometimes they only have a few loans available, but this is the first time I've seen them 'loaned out'!