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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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    Camera Addict?

    Someone recently asked me if I was "addicted" to my camera.  I thought it an odd question.  I am addicted to coffee, and I still miss Marlboro's, but I don't think of my 20-year profession as an addiction.

    My son just got married.  The bride and groom hired a photographer.  I had my new Nikon, and I took a few photos, but I found that putting the camera down to be present was easy. I didn't start to shake!   The only sweat came from dancing for 3 hours.

    I am committed to archiving memories.  A brilliant photographer did the job, and while I am going through euphoria withdrawal from the joyful event, it was Just Fine not to be "the photographer."  You see, it's my job, but when my child got married, I just wanted to be the groom's mother!

    Sometimes, it is better to simply see with two eyes rather than the one from my lens.  Lets my whole heart into the picture.


    Reader Comments (16)

    It's not always easy to put that lens down and see with your two eyes. I am glad you enjoyed being the groom's mother and I am sure you will find your voice when it comes time to view the proofs :-)) hehe!

    May 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

    I so get this! We had our whole entire family together this past weekend..and I wanted to hire a photographer to record the event instead of being that 'hired' photographer. It's true - that wherever I go..goes my camera with me. But there are some times when I want to be a part of the celebration..and not just viewing it at an arm's length distance thru my camera's lens.

    And after seeing some of those wedding pix - I'd say your 'hired' photographer did an amazing job. So glad you were able to kick back and feel the moment..and enjoy!

    May 24, 2012 | Registered CommenterMarcie

    Funny, this just happened to me yesterday while attending an event on the Hudson River here in NYC. After taking a few photos, I put my camera away and just enjoyed the beautiful scenery. I think that's needed every once in a while, even though I am an addict! Great post and congrats!

    I sooooo understand how good it feels to put the camera down, especially when with family, Honey. But sometimes what happens is one or two people (often my daughter being one of them) will say something like "Oh, I was expecting that you'd be documenting this for us." Since there are so many photographers in my extended famioly, it might do us well to "assign" each other to family events so that we can relax more of the times than not.

    But yes, I'm starting to NOT have my camera visible lately in certain situations...just to feel the moment better! If I miss something "important," it's not the end of the world. I still have it in my heart. Thanks for the reminder.

    May 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGinnie

    I really like that you included all that you did in that image above ~ and congratulations on your son's marriage!

    May 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

    Congratulations on your son's marriage. There certainly are times that we need to forget viewing through the camera lens and savor the view with our eyes and heart.

    May 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSue

    I'm happy for you that you were able to put your camera down for the wedding. Isn't it true that although we see much through our cameras, we miss much when we only see through them. Beautiful image today, btw.

    May 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMother

    I think I am addicted to taking photos, exploring possibilities but...

    I am also addicted to seeing the world through other peoples eyes too...

    There are times when the only appropriate camera is you mind...

    May 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCherryPie

    Congratulations on your son's wedding, Honey.
    What you are describing just happened to me last week-end. I went to my daughter's musical theater's performance and took photographs. I ended up missing most of it as I was so busy with my camera. Looking back I wish I had left it at home or put it down more often.

    Such a great story and a reminder to see what is in front of us by using our natural eyes instead of our mechanical ones.

    Or, to put it another way - sometimes we're the photographer, sometimes we're the camera, and sometimes we need to be the film.

    May 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

    I can relate to that, Honey - I, too, don't always want to be the photographer. Sometimes I just want to be there.
    Your hired photographer did a fabulous job, by the way. I loved looking at the pictures, they are fantastic. And so is this photo on top.

    May 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarola

    Good point. I sometimes bring my camera to family and friend get togethers but never take it out as I don't want to interrupt the flow of conversation that I want to also be a part of.

    May 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaery Rose

    When it's a life event like your son's wedding, I can see where you would have to be totally present - leave the shooting to someone else for one day...I absolutely agree!

    May 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPuna

    Good for you to be fully enjoying the wedding in stead of being the photographer. You can be a photographer all the other days.

    May 30, 2012 | Registered CommenterPetra

    Yay! I am so glad that you chose to immerse yourself in the event... and what a wonderful event! (Congrats!) And I love that the only sweat came from dancing!

    May 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkelly

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