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Vision and Verb KIVA Loans:

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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    Comfortable with Certainty

    I’ve been thinking a lot lately…there’s this feeling of something happening under the surface that I can’t quite name…pregnant with anticipation…ready to let go, set free; but don’t have any idea what it could be…a new story waiting to be discovered…uncertainty…or, perhaps it’s simply all of life.

    Today, I had two very specific thoughts that came back again and again…everything is spiritual and my life is a work of magic. Writing this post, I stop and rest my chin in my fisted hands…everything that has happened in the past year…everything in my life that has led up to this one particular moment in time.

    Pithy, succinct, getting to the heart of the matter, spot on, be careful what you ask for…gratitude, awe, curiosity, wonder. Love…there it is…understanding…here you go…working together with a common goal…orders up…being seen and heard…could only happen this way…partner and son not reconciled…reconciliation happens…dad’s house on the market for a year…what?...house sells…in debt…out of debt…

    Do you get a sense of what I’m talking about here? Another thought I had today was…”I’m in shock”. There you have it. Everything that is important to me and I have been asking for has, one by one, found resolution and allowed me to have less stress and therefore, opened up more windows in the home of my life. And I feel this enormous sense of understanding and awe and allowing and sense of deserving and also keenly mindful of how important it is…this time in my life…this time in my life is right here and now and I wish to acknowledge the purity of it and at the same time greet each understanding and experience with that sense of wonder and then…set it free…unbounded…unattached…unconditional loving of this life that is so full of grace.

    You know that feeling when you’re standing under a wonderful temperature-perfect shower, head tilted back, allowing the water to run down, wetting your hair before you put the shampoo in…you raise both your hands and run fingers through the beginning-to-be-wet hair and feel that sense of ahhh….

    May you all…whether for a moment or an hour or a day or perhaps even for the rest of your life…know this sense of presence and place and wonderment and satisfaction and joy and pure contentment.
    I believe this is real love.

    As Elizabeth Gilbert says in “Eat, Pray, Love”, “What if you could somehow create  an expansive enough life that you could synchronize seemingly incongruous opposites into a worldview that excludes nothing?”

    Reader Comments (13)

    Oh Mary, your words are water and feeling so thirsty I am drinking them up. Thank you for quenching my thirst and giving me hope :-)

    WOW...we are - you and me - so in the same place right now. In this moment of utter gratitude for all that is..and all that brought me here. So beautiful and precious - I'm almost afraid to talk about it. Thank-you for putting my feelings into words.

    May 17, 2012 | Registered CommenterMarcie

    Mary, so beautiful! You've got it, beautiful vision and beautiful verb !

    May 17, 2012 | Registered CommenterPetra

    So many, many beautiful words here, each one making my heart sing ~ especially "the opened windows in the home of my life". Hearing of your happiness is so sweet and so inspiring that I'm wishing you would write a whole book!

    May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

    What a beautiful and so well written post! I so love it when our hearts sing with gratitude!!

    I especially like the part about your life being a work of magic, Mary. I hope we all feel that way! Thank you for updating us on this "process" that seems to be happening for some time now. It sounds like there really is a pot of gold at the emd of your rainbow!

    May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGinnie


    how Elegant is this? thank you for sharing the shower with us this morning.

    May 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhoney

    this is gorgeous. and it gives me hope that i can get to this place.
    love the photo as well...

    May 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkelly

    I think if we can take time to stop and think we would be in and enjoy this place far more often. It is there waiting for us.

    May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCherryPie

    Great photo! Yes, I do know of the feeling you address but not what to do with it. I feel like such a mess but hang on to the belief that this is exactly what happens before the break through.

    May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaery Rose

    So beautifully written, Mary. I know that feeling without being able to put it into words - you did it so beautifully. I can feel your gratitude and joy.

    May 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarola

    Very beautifully written, I love it when I have that sense of peace. You words will help me get back there.

    May 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCherryPie

    Lovely words Mary and a great image to accompany them.

    May 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

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