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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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    How It All Started

    Some of you will be intrigued by the title and might think that I will tell you ‘the story of my life’; nothing of that kind. I do like to take you back to the time I was 16, almost 40 years ago. After high school I wanted to be a carpenter, designing and making furniture, however being a girl, no way, that was a man’s job. The discussion was closed but not my determination to learn a trade in which I can use my hands, my imagination, put something of myself in, create things.

    I ended up at a wonderful school in Utrecht, the NIMETO, 4 years of education how to become a window-dresser/designer/decorator. The school was founded in 1922 and was meant for how to become a master painter. The education section I was in was part of that school and completely new.  Big department stores like the Bijenkorf, were looking for window-dressers that were more than only creative, they had to have knowledge of marketing and business in general too.

    I loved it, for here I was able to use my hands (and brains).  I was able to create my own decor that I could use in my windows.  Yes I was happy, and some inside information added: in that time a window-dresser was a man’s profession.

    After graduation in 1975 I was so overwhelmed by the possibilities of where to work I chose to be in the USA for one year in an exchange program of the Mennonite Church.

    While there I even tried to get a job at Wanamaker’s (the biggest department store at that time) in Philadelphia, but being a woman and Dutch, I did not get a green card.

    Now I will skip a ‘few’ years………..In May 2007 I bought my Nikon D80 camera and one of my biggest wishes was: having my own website and showing my pictures on the internet. My brother, who lives in Canada, told me about Shutterchance, a photo blog, the answer to what I wanted.  (BTW he is a typographer/printer and when he was 17 and I 14 years old, we used to develop B&W pictures in the bathroom.)

    I started posting pictures on my blog ‘Picturit’ in August 2007 and it was not until the

    27th of March 2008 that I discovered something Visual I wanted to add to my pictures, something I had not seen done by others.  It became my trademark.  Sometimes I put in my name ‘Astrid’ in the picture as part of the picture, my signature; this and this show what I mean. Visitors on my blog started noticing and even told me that first they tried to locate my signature and then looked at the picture.  To me it still is fun trying to put my name in without it being too ‘obvious’. Ginnie visited my blog the-31st-of-August-2007 and we ended up married on the 5th of February this year.

    Today is Ginnie’s 65th birthday.  We are gone for the weekend to the province of Limburg in the south of the Netherlands……doing what??.......taking pictures and that will not come as a surprise to you.


    Special guest post today by Astrid Wijdekop, from the Netherlands, who blogs over at  'Picturit'.  Thank you for joining us here today, Astrid, and for your wonderful story and image.

    Reader Comments (16)

    the mystery of all the astrids is finally explained. it reminds me of graffiti one sees sometimes, a kind of "astrid was here" tag. but you are so good at it, it becomes part of the landscape.
    working "with your hands" works in your photographs, you clever dutch girl.

    June 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSeraphine

    Lovely story, of which I have had the pleasure of hearing it first hand. You are a brilliant craftswoman mijn vriend.:)

    June 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLurch

    How lovely to hear how it all started - not just your professional life and your website, but also your journey with Ginnie :)

    I love the photograph of the church with the high rise in the background; how cool would it be to have your name in neon there!!

    June 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergriselda pugh

    And for so long I wondered where it is that you were finding all of these amazing 'Astrid' names and logos...and thought that perhaps it's a common word in the Dutch language - HA! So good to now know the whole story..and how it began. And - you've included the perfect image to illustrate.
    Hope you and Ginnie are having a wonderful birthday celebration weekend. Happy Birthday to Ginnie!!!!

    June 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarcie

    Love to hear your story and I love the moment of the picture, with the cat, the man and the car in there. Thanks for sharing!

    June 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPOBSB

    ... and of cource gefeliciteerd and happy birthday to Ginnie.

    June 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPOBSB

    That was a great story, I love how you add your name, I love that shot with the cat and the man on the ladder and the van that has just gone by...
    Thanks for sharing this with us, and Happy Birthday to Ginnie!

    June 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkelly

    Oh my goodness! How clever you are! Thanks for sharing the story and your images. AND...please tell Ginnie "Happy Birthday" from me. Enjoy your weekend.

    June 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSue

    Hi, Astrid! Great partial biography there, and the picture is beautiful. It sounds like you have encountered glass ceilings in a lot of places in life. Hopefully people are starting to become a little more enlightened.

    June 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMark Johnson

    You are very clever, Astrid! I thought you were amazingly lucky to find a van with your name on it! Ha! :) It's so nice to learn a little more about our "peeps". Happy birthday to Ginnie! Hope you two have a fabulous weekend.

    June 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterToni Johnson

    That is very cool. Very. Cool. Enjoy your weekend ....

    June 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKath Stewart

    lovely to hear your words astrid :) - i'm now going back to SC to find all the hidden 'astrids' in your pictures, you know i never noticed before!! have a wonderful weekend

    June 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commentereliza

    Oh how fun this is, Astrid. You know I'm your biggest fan. OF COURSE! I love it that you have fooled some of the people some of the time. :)

    And THANK YOU for mentioning my birthday and for celebrating me so well on my big day. And THANKS to everyone else for remembering me so well. I'm a tired puppy right now after a full weekend away but am slowly catching my second wind. :)

    June 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGinnie

    Astrid I really enjoyed reading how it all started. I think the name thing in your images is so fun and clever :-) I hope both of you have had a wonderful birthday weekend.

    June 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFrida

    I like hearing a few more details about your window dressing days, sister Astrid. :) I remember following you on Shutterchance way back then, and I loved hunting for "Astrid" in very cleverly hidden spots.

    Now we're family! :)

    June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRuth

    What a lovely story, thank you for sharing it :-) I am now going to check out some more of your photos :-)

    June 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCherryPie

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