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6/6/2012 -   Kalinisa, Kenesh Village, Kyrgyzstan 99% REPAID (currency exchange loss)

6/6/2012 -   Lama, Jordan LOAN REPAID IN FULL

6/12/2012 - Mujeres de Xeconjom Group, Guatemala LOAN REPAID IN FULL

6/12/2012 - Nuevo Horizonte Group, Mexico LOAN REPAID IN FULL

6/18/2012 - Miriam, Negev, Israel LOAN REPAID IN FULL

6/18/2012 - Noem, Ang Snoul, Cambodia  LOAN REPAID IN FULL

6/20/2012 - Phally, Takeo Province, Cambodia LOAN REPAID IN FULL

7/10/2012 - Carmel, Cadiz, Philippines LOAN REPAID IN FULL 

8/4/2012 -   Julia, Boane, Maputo, Mozambique LOAN REPAID IN FULL

8/4/2012 -   Khishigjargal, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

8/11/2012 - Miladys Dayana, Barranquilla, Colombia

9/23/2012 - Dugarmaa, Arhangai, Mongolia LOAN REPAID IN FULL

9/29/2012 - Divino Niño Jesus Group, Caaguazú, Paraguay LOAN REPAID IN FULL

9/29/2012 - Armando, Tonala, Mexico   LOAN REPAID IN FULL

10/17/2012 - Doraliza, Ica, Peru LOAN REPAID IN FULL

10/27/2012 - Sola, Bilasuvar, Azerbaijan LOAN REPAID IN FULL

11/27/2012 - Sergio, Huatusco, Mexico LOAN REPAID IN FULL

11/28/2012 - Sophie, Yaoundé, Cameroon LOAN REPAID IN FULL

12/29/2012 - Paradi De Dolval Group, Trou-du-Nord, Haiti

12/29/2012 - Makieu Andrew's Group, Kenema, Sierra Leone LOAN REPAID IN FULL

12/30/2012 - Alia, Wihdat, Jordan

1/1/2013 -     Prudence 3 Group, Brazzaville, Congo LOAN REPAID IN FULL

1/8/2013 -    Marcia De Jesús, El Sauce, Nicaragua

1/21/2013 -  Caroline, Toluca Lake, United States

2/5/2013 -    Diana Cecilia, Huaraz, Peru 99% REPAID (currency exchange loss)

2/20/2013 -  Lorna, Poblacion 3, Clarin, Misamis Occidental, Phillipines LOAN REPAID IN FULL

2/20/2013 - Kwamboka, Nyamira, Kenya

3/15/2013 - Halima, Malindi, Kenya LOAN REPAID IN FULL

3/15/2013 - Mwanaisha, Malindi, Kenya LOAN REPAID IN FULL

4/25/2013 - Leda Del Rosario, Managua, Nicaragu LOAN REPAID IN FULL

4/25/2013 - Seda, Ujanis village, Syuniq region, Armenia

5/15/2013 - Vilma, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines LOAN REPAID IN FULL

5/19/2013 - Teimuraz, Kutaisi, Georgia LOAN REPAID IN FULL

6/20/2013 - Leonora, Bogo, Cebu, Philippines

6/20/2013 - Sherry, Knoxville TN, United States

6/28/2013 - Zahava, Kiryat Ono, Israel

6/28/2013 - Ilkin, Azerbaijan

7/25/2013 - Sine, Albania

7/25/2013 - Luzdina, Pucallpa, Peru

7/25/2013 - Wossidji Iv Group, Warinibougou, Mali LOAN REPAID IN FULL

9/5/2013 -  Norma Carolina, Managua, Nicaragua

9/2/2013 -  Nubia Teresa, Montería, Colombia

9/22/2013 - Salina, Kapsabet, Kenya

9/29/2013 - Purevsuren, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

9/29/2013 - Sambath, Kampong Chhnang Province, Cambodia LOAN REPAID IN FULL 

10/1/2013 - Rinat, Beit Shemesh, Israel

11/3/2013 - Asiya, Ibanda, Uganda

11/3/2013 - Nafisakham, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

11/13/2013 - Harriet, Bombo Road, Uganda LOAN REPAID IN FULL

11/13/2013 - Elizabeth, Naivasha, Kenya

11/14/2013 - Sonia Antonieta, La Esperanza, Intibuca, Honduras

11/26/2013 - Lidia, Cochabamba, Bolivia

12/11/2013 - Teresa Aracely, Osicala, El Salvador

1/4/2014 - Queren Yined, Bogota, Columbia

1/4/2014 - Jorge Carlos, Cochabamba, Bolivia

1/9/2014 - Esther, Sanniquellie, Liberia

1/19/2014 - Sarim, Siem Reap, Cambodia

1/20/2014 - Betty, Kampala, Uganda LOAN REPAID IN FULL

3/4/2014 - Hulkarkhon, Khujand, Tajikistan

3/4/2014 - Fenehas Jason, Hoima, Uganda

3/6/2014 - Maa Bastaren Group, MURIBAHAL, BALANGIR, ODISHA, India

4/10/2014 - Karine, Vanadzor, Armenia

4/10/2014 - Mona, Araara, Israel

4/10/2014 - Nermin, Kosova LOAN REPAID IN FULL

4/10/2014 - Juana Patricia, El Salvador

4/17/2014 - Mentari Group, CILACAP, Indonesia

4/17/2014 - Analiza, Segatic Daku Misamis Occidental, Philippines

4/17/2014 - Shahnoz, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

4/17/2014 - Susana Del Rosario - El Salvador

5/25/2014 - Violet, Kasse, Uganda

5/25/2014 - Alba Del Socorro, Somotillo, Nicaragua

7/13/2014 - Parbati Shg Group, Junagarh, Odisha, India

7/14/2014 - Trinity, Hurungwe, Zimbabwe

7/14/2014 - Madina Khaitsa, Nakaloke, Uganda

7/18/2014 - Alicia Afua, Mallam, Accra, Ghana

7/18/2014 - Alicia Afua, Mallam, Accra, Ghana

7/18/2014 - Alicia Afua, Mallam, Accra, Ghana



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    I got me some favorite words for February, some kissy words, words that take me back to drive-in movies and dark desert nights parked in cars with rolled down windows or opened doors, cool breezes over bare legs, surrounded by heat lightning. Heat. Lightning. Yes indeedy. Words like smooch. I just love that one, thinking in fact I’m gonna start signing all my emails and comments smooches, thinking there needs to be a universal symbol for smooches, maybe even heart shaped road signs signaling time for a little smooch, less road rage out there to deal with. “Stop and smooch, you’ll feel better.”  Yep, thinking perhaps a government program for smooches – no Two-Minute Hate, instead a One-Minute Smooch, maybe only 30 seconds since a smooch itself only lasts a jiff, but yes, thinking how much happier we would all be for the remainder of the day; just saying the word smooch brings a smile to everyone - imagine how much better an actual real thing.

    I have smooched in a dark green MG, in a silver Triumph, in a baby blue Subaru Brat, in a Mercury Cougar with the best air conditioning ever.  I have smooched in darkrooms, in dark rooms, in Christmas woods, and while floating on the lake under a hot hot white summer sun. I have smooched by the light of the silvery moon and by the sound of a cheering crowd in celebration of a winning homerun. I have smooched while watching tv, and I have smooched while dancing in a parking lot, two-stepping to a song on the radio.  My mother and father used to smooch at red lights, he no doubt perfectly timing it, ensuring the light would be red.

    Couples who have been together a bit always smooch goodbye, and lots of times hello, but they smooch goodbye with an I’ll see you later and once I smooched someone goodbye in a bar, in the daytime, almost no one else there, but those who were there commented to the smoochee after I left, they liked that, they said, now that was a kiss, but it wasn’t, the smoochee and I agreed, it was our normal goodbye smooch.

    Smooches are never serious, though, of course, they may very well lead to something serious (just ask my friend who is now married to the man who left a one word note under one of her windshield wipers after their first date: smooch); they are fun, flirty, silly, quick, they are playful, and you may smooch several quick smooches right in a row, but they are still smooches, just little happy kisses, and I know a certain someone who says the very best smooches make a smacking, kissing noise, that it isn’t a real smooch without that noise, who, in fact, when I asked him to describe a smooch, said come on over here baby and I’ll show you a smooch, and that’s what smooches are all about, because it made me giggle when he said that, but it made me come on over.

    Reader Comments (20)

    Again - you make me smile with your gentle humor and light-hearted wit. So great to be reminded of the joy of 'smooching'..the sweet fun!! And - love the image. How might anyone resist those perfect lips!!!

    February 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarcie

    Smooch is a really fun word and it makes me happy saying it :-) Well written and you have just made my day! The image is great, as Marcie says "How can anyone resists those perfect lips" ;-)

    February 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFrida

    Too cute, all those descriptions of smooching. The image - adorable.
    You should make a Valentine card for your sweetheart with the image ; seal it with a smooch!

    February 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSue

    Smooch ! lovely word. I think I will use it.
    Lovely post and the picture is so perfect with it.

    February 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPOBSB

    the memories of smooches come alive in your written word...and the photo too!!

    February 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterelk

    so often we need to be reminded how much fun we can have, how we can start a party with just a few smooches or perhaps even end one. great image.

    February 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermargie

    I love that photo and your descriptions of Smooch have brought a smile to my face :-)

    February 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCherryPie

    This made me smile and as soon as my husband gets home I'm going to give him a BIG smooch!

    February 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPuna

    You had me smiling and giggling the whole time I was reading. This was the perfect way to start the day. {smooch}

    February 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterToni Johnson

    Exactly as Toni and others have said, I was giggling the whole way through this! OMG! It's so much better than the alternative. HOW CAN'T THEY ALL SEE IT! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Here in Holland it's customary to give 3 Hello and Good-Bye kisses when you're with someone...left, right, left. But I'm not sure they qualify as smooches. I'll have to ask Astrid. In the meantime, you've just been sent a virtual S M O O C H! :)

    February 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGinnie

    My husband drives me to work in the morning. Sometimes it goes beyond a smooch and we neck! The girls in the office comment on it, "You guys are so cute." Heck, we're not cute, we just like to kiss each other!!
    Great post, made me smile.

    February 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkath

    awww.....smooching really is fun now that I think about it...but wow, I think I take it for granted since my hubby is the biggest smoocher of all.....

    time for me to be in charge of the smooches this week as a gift to him for valentines day :)

    February 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbeth

    smooches to u. i have taken up the "smooches" when signing off on some of my e-mails of late. i used to use "kiss kiss" but as you have noted so poetically, kissing and smooching are two completely different animals. Sort of like a lynx vs a chipmunk. i'm in a chipmunk mood a lot of the time. being a lynx entails too much responsibility for mood and follow-through. Don't you agree?

    i wish i had been more of a chipmunk in my younger days... i was so much more about lynxing, serious and full of need. At this stage smooching is a natural, so easy and carefree.

    this is one of my favorite photos of you :)


    February 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobin Laws

    The Wife and I also do the smooches thing at red lights. Its fun and so is your photo and writing. Enjoyed very much!

    February 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerry H.

    I've come back to read this again. I'm still smiling and trying to refrain from giggling (coffee break at work) from your words and everyone's comments, too. Too fun!! {more smooches!}

    February 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterToni Johnson

    Ah yes I remember the days of red lipstick on the collar of my white shirt! Connie Stevens sang a song about that very thing?

    February 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMR K.

    Mr. K, aka my joe :)


    ;) r

    p.s. that last ? was meant to be a !

    February 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobin Laws

    hee hee, smooch does have a fine ring to it.

    smoochy smoochy, yes I like that! :-)

    February 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersuvarna

    this is a perfect day to read your smooching post :) - valentine's day. i'm just back from zambia, and mombasa (gorgeous...but very hot and humid), and j and i have been sitting on the veranda drinking rose champagne. i do love a good smooch...i'd forgotten that word, i shall use it now as much as possible :)

    February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEliza

    Oh, my smoochy friend. I love this! And you.

    Smooches. A big red lipstick one right on your cheek - from me.

    February 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRelyn

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