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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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    In Motion

    I'm no photographer.

    I'm just a common housewife.

    With a job.

    That I love.

    And a photography passion.

    It's almost a fetish. But don't judge.

    I was at an equestrian meet in which my daughter was competing last weekend. The conditions were horrendous. It was a cloud rainy day, and cold. Did I mention rain? As such, this photographer and over-the-hill mom wanted nothing better than to drive the few hours back home to her comfortable bed and plop in it.

    Nothing doing.

    Instead, I pull out my camera. Between shivers, I fiddle with my settings. The day was overcast and it was indoors. And it was night time. A mother prays that her daughter will not fall off the horse; a photographer swears at the conditions.

    I did not turn my flash on, after all, horses are unpredictable. You never know what can spook them and I didn't want to take the chance that I would be the culprit for an unfortunate incident. So I leave my flash off. The speed light stayed in my chic Kelly Moore bag (darn it.)

    I started to shoot and 99% of the photos were horrible. In the back of my mind I recalled reading somewhere on the internet about following the subject in low light. So I set the ISO at 1600 and at a fast shutter speed.  I know - it's a recipe for disaster.

    But then I followed my girl as she rides around the ring with my camera, matching her speed with the above settings.

    I reviewed the photos later and find that it took me back in time. To the place. I feel the speed. I feel the sacrifice. I felt the pride. I felt the love. What is more important than that?

    It's not technically perfect, but life never is.

    It is however - the perfect moment for us. Forever. Caught in the digital moment in time.


    Reader Comments (13)

    Who cares about rules and technique and getting the perfect shot - when you carry with you the pleasure and pride of watching your daughter compete and ride in a sport she loves.
    I'm sure you're very proud!
    And - the image is terrific! It speaks volumes to mother-love!!

    March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarcie

    You are a photographer by heart, maybe not by profession, but the heart part is more important Puna

    March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChantal

    You should be so thrilled to death with this image, Puna! It's just wonderful and I bet your daughter is proud of it, too. Proud of YOU. I hope you print it and frame it for all those moments you need inspiration. You did it!

    March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGinnie

    if we all pursued interests, jobs, and children with the passion about which you write, i imagine that life would hold great joys and stacks of photos. you love your job, photographer, your daughter, and i'll bet there's a lot more to your list. thanks for a post that reminds us that being present with pleasure is the point.

    March 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhoney

    I think it's stunning! This is such a hard thing to do. I know; I've tried. This is truly a "keeper"! Congrats!!

    March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDotti

    That's what a photo should be about - the memories, reliving the moment, saving it as something precious for you. I love it, Puna. And I like the "discussions" in your head and your heart between the mom and the photographer. I am so with you here!

    March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarola Bartz

    I actually quite like the photo, no - love the photo! Love the feeling of motion and the sense that I'm right there watching her with you. And as Carola said, a photo should be about the memories, taking you back to a moment in time, just as it did for you. You go, mom!

    March 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterToni

    This is my week to be obsessed with old-time cowgirls and present-day horsewomen, and this image speaks to me so deeply.

    Sometimes, life is a blur. It's hard to see where we are or where we're going, so there's nothing left but to focus on the ride.


    March 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commentershoreacres

    I love this picture. Bravo!

    March 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPOBSB

    love your image, and love how it shows your pride, your love, your care. you will always have this now, to take you back...

    March 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkelly

    This image is beautiful, artistic and evocative. The movement, the weather, the mystical feeling are all there. Why do you say you're not a photographer? This picture tells a story to all of us - not just to you because you were there. I feel like I was there! That's what a photographer does.

    March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna Bearden

    I just realized that I hadn't told you how much I LOVE ♥♥♥ LOVE this image! And the story behind the image only made it sweeter!

    March 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSue

    Fantastic shot! I still have to learn how to shoot moving subjects - I'm too bad at it! Your image speaks to me, it has a mood and you should be pround of it. A great pic for a great moment. Well done! :)

    March 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersil

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