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Vision and Verb KIVA Loans:

6/6/2012 -   Kalinisa, Kenesh Village, Kyrgyzstan

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

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

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

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

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



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    Hope's Future

    It was just one week ago – today -  that I wandered thru and past and around the site we know as ‘Ground Zero’. It was only a few short hours before we all heard that the mastermind of this disaster – had been finally..and at last  put to rest.

    It wasn’t my first visit to the place. It was 6 years ago – the last time I was there. One enormous gaping empty hole…was all that remained. It was – for me - like visiting a mass grave. Not so different than those that I’d heard of in eastern Europe..and in the deepest darkest Africa. Somber and immensely sad..it overwhelmed. That a horror such as this – where so many innocent people died - happened here…in this country -  was and still is incomprehensible.

    That was 6 years ago. Today – the hole is no longer. Today – it is in the midst of being reconstructed. New structure is emerging from the debris…and a memorial – rays and beams of hope and light – will be completed by 9-11-2011..ten years following.

    Life goes on.

    We all know exactly where we were..what we were doing when it happened. I heard it first on my car radio. It sounded more like a ‘test of the emergency broadcast system’ than anything remotely close to real. The first plane had hit. There was a second..and a third..and confusion and chaos and lots and lots of noise.  Impossible. It just couldn’t be true. Inconceivable…really.

    My kids remember it as a day that their crazy mother (along with many others..I may add) showed up during that all important first week of  school…summoned them out of their classes..brought them home. Safe. It wasn’t until we  were all present and accounted for...watching the events unfold over and over and over again – that the enormity sunk in. The world as we knew it – had ended. The sense of – perhaps – false security we’d been living...shattered. Our innocence..lost.

    During my most recent and last weekend’s visit to the city..and much farther uptown – I came across this little boy. Happily – playing with bubbles. Chasing them down. Trying to capture them in the palms of his little hands. Five years old – he proudly proclaimed – and almost finished kindergarten.

    Born ‘after’ the historic event…growing up only  in its shadow. Carefree and full of life. A mere child. He knows nothing..nor should he. We all hope and wish – that he may never.

    Someday – I’m sure -  he’ll  study and learn about it in history books. As if this happened in a different life…a different time. Perhaps – he’ll come to understand the circumstances better than we ever will. Perhaps – he’ll never understand it at all…because it’s all too incomprehensible. Defying rational…logical explanation. That there is so much hate in this world. That anything like this could ever in anyone’s lifetime – occur.

    Couldn’t help but think of this past weekend's contrasts. From the solemnity of Ground Zero..to the frivolity of Central Park.

    After returning home..I awakened the  following morning to the news. Once and again - a sense of disbelief...and then relief.  Closure…at last. An end of an era. A new beginning. A fresh start.

    For one quick instant – he managed to catch that bubble he’d been pursuing. To hold on to it. To feel  - in his hands - its weightlessness. And then – in the next..it was gone. Just like that – it popped and disappeared into the spring sunshine. All laughter and light and joyous sweet innocent giggles.

    Yes - life does go on.


    Reader Comments (12)

    The juxtaposition of this image against the one still in my mind's eye from almost 10 years ago, Marcie, is the ultimate validation that Life wins. Love wins. Light wins. Thank you for this beautiful, powerful reminder!

    May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGinnie

    Indeed I remember exactly where I was, at home in my livingroom, turning on the tv when first heard of it and just in time to see the second plane crash 'live'into the WTC. Could only cry. I really thought WWIII broke out.

    The picture shows what people hang on to, hope and love. And therefore life goes on.

    May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarion

    So precious, like I said before on your site and Facebook, you got me Marcie

    May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChantal

    An Israeli friend of mine told me that when a bomb destroys a bus stop, it is immediately rebuilt. I have thought about that imagery every time I visit Ground Zero. I was there in November of the year they fell, and the buildings were smoldering, and bells were rung each time a body was discovered and carried out of the detritus.

    I went with my best friend who is the Director of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. We had the trip planned for a year, and I didn't want to go, but she insisted that we bear witness. Make sure we never forget what we saw and felt.

    Life goes on for sure, but remembering is the key that unlocks the doors of our hearts to understanding, forgiveness, and so much more. Aunt Ruth has taught me this and more...so have you, Marcie. Thanks for this post.

    May 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhoney

    Hey Marcie, you should be so very proud of these words from your heart and this perfect image ... and I'm glad that you shared.

    May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

    I, too, first heard it on my car radio on my way to work. It was Rick Dees In The Morning and I thought he was initially telling a sick joke. It took awhile to realize he wasn't joking. Life does indeed go on and it has surely changed in the last ten years. Thanks for the reminder of the beauty and hope in the world.

    May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterToni

    Wow, Marcie, this was amazing. The perfect image to pair with your words and some of the emotions that we have probably all been feeling this past week.
    I will never forget that morning, I was watching the Today Show as I did every morning at that time and it all unfolded right before my eyes as I sat there stunned and in disbelief.
    But you are so right, life does go on, it must go on, and the best thing we can do is honor and remember. And look towards the future.

    May 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkelly

    I remember where I was: 4pm watching it in the kitchen on tv.
    Wonderful post and image!

    May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPOBSB

    I'm tingling all over. Thank you for a remarkable post on the recent events. It's the best way to look at it, as a new beginning. It does seems like a dream but yet so real.

    May 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPuna

    We had been living in the US for just a little bit more than 4 months when the planes hit the Twin Towers. I wish I had experienced more of the America before 9/11. I wish we would have kept the kindness that everybody showed immediately after 9/11.
    And I'm glad that life goes on, that there is love, hope. That in the end they're stronger than hate.
    I love this post. Thank you, Marcie.

    May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarola

    i also remember exactly where i was; and how we all gathered around a friend's tv to watch. such disbelief at what was happening. i watched obama on the news saying bin laden was dead and was very moved watching everyone gathering near the white house. life has changed so much since then!!

    May 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEliza

    Such a powerful post, Marcie. I think of my three grandchildren, none of whom were born prior to 9/11. As I age, my hope for them deepens. Theirs will be a world of so many challenges.

    May 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKitch

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