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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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    Finding Up

    Take a deep breath
    Eyes and mouth closed
    Dive deep
    And touch bottom 

    Legs fold
    Butt to heel
    While feet protest
    Against weedy whispers 

    I flutter my hands
    Gliding the depths
    Like a hawk 

    Open eyes
    Graze murky surroundings
    While the clock ticks
    And lungs burn with desire 

    As bubbles rise
    Showing the way up
    I turn at snail speed
    Studying their bubbly path 

    Drawing in tightly
    To gather strength
    Scanning depths
    And deciding 

    With a push up
    I feel the rush and pull
    Of melting ice
    Against skin 

    Breaking surface
    With a gasp
    And a tread
    Waves gently rock me 

    While light and sun
    Spread through me
    Like warm honey

    Reader Comments (19)

    You just took me down with you, Maery, and then brought me back up to the surface. Great imagery for finding up!

    May 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGinnie

    And - I can feel the thrill of touching bottom...and then coming right back up for air! What a beautiful...evocative piece of poetry!!!!

    May 2, 2012 | Registered CommenterMarcie

    thank you for showing me that i try to find up nearly every day and never thought of it that way. terrific post.

    May 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhoney

    Being honest...your poem made me feel a little 'anxious.' I'm no longer totally comfortable being under water. Your 'word painting' was so realistic that I felt the tug of the depths.

    May 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSue

    Ahh Maery, you do have a way with words. Lovely.

    May 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLife in Color

    What an evocative poem - and what a perfect description of what it actually was like, that day I tripped on a line and went flying into the water. There's nothing quite like opening your eyes and discovering a barnacle covered piling in front of you!

    Unfotunately, there was no light and sun when I surfaced - it was a cold January day. I like you poem's ending much better!

    May 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commentershoreacres

    Such a gorgeous image! your words tell quite a story and it makes me want to be there with you.

    May 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

    Wow. This is beautiful Maery!

    Thank you all for your comments. This was one of those poems that came from somewhere out of the sky and I wasn't sure if it sounded too dark, wanting the emphasis to be on the coming up. I'm glad that's how it is being received.

    May 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaery Rose

    So uplifting! I love the sense of going down, down, down, and then rising back to the surface, towards the light, the warmth. Just lovely!

    May 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkelly


    May 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMother

    I can feel myself there beside you. Great words and image.

    May 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCherryPie

    You took me with you Maery and I found I almost gasped for air right at the end of your poem. :-) Beautiful

    Oh, how beautiful!

    May 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarola

    Such an intense journey with a warm wonderful release ~ beautiful <3

    May 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterchristine

    I can taste the salty water. Beautiful vision and verb

    May 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPetra

    Yes you drew me right in with your lovely words and the image illustrates them so perfectly.

    May 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

    how beautiful - you should write more poetry here, it's lovely :)

    May 7, 2012 | Registered CommenterEliza

    Refreshing - it feels like I'm there with you too :)...

    May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJozica @ Creatissimo

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