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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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    The Gardener

    Writing is like planting a garden and waiting for the emergence of something green. 

    The one who plants is bent over the dirt.  She takes off her gloves as they are stifling hot and place too much between her and the earth -- rich, damp, and deep.

    She brushes a mosquito from her arm, leaving a smudge of blackness mixed with blood.

    The cultivator, or as she referrs to it -- "the claw", is held firmly in her hand and is drawing lines in the dirt, breaking up clumps and pulling up roots that had long gone dead.

    The odor of turkey poo drifts up to her nose, which crinkls in recognition that what feeds growth is not always pleasant. 

    She punches a hole through resistance and drops in a seed, then another, then another. She pushes the dirt back into place, blending old and new, with a smile of satisfaction.

    She knows she can't simply wait for the magic to happen. There will be watering, weeding, and vigilance to watch for pests biting away at her produce. She must protect and feed tender shoots.

    But she also knows there is only so much she can do. The rest is up to Mother Nature and a bit of luck.

    Reader Comments (13)

    Such a wonderful analogy and metaphor. So true - that no matter what it is we're creating - the process is always the same.
    Beautiful post!

    June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarcie

    Oh, what gorgeous flower beds, Maery! What rich, black dirt for growing things! (Be thankful you don't live in Georgia with all their red clay!!) And with the turkey poo, I can just imagine what will come of all your hard work. It IS a good metaphor. Thank you.

    June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGinnie

    Love this post. Beautiful garden as well.

    June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiane

    Wonderful post, Love the analogy. Your garden looks great.

    June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPetra

    What a beautiful site ~ all that wet, dark, rich soil and your tender little plants! I can just feel you there in the sunshine.

    June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

    For the very first time, I started a few plants from seed in my garden. I'm so excited to have the little flowers blossoming. Our yard is too hilly, the layer of soil too poor and thin, to plant vegetables, but I so wish I could have raised vegetable beds like yours, Maery, with your little marigolds to help keep the bugs away.

    June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSue

    Oh yes, that is for sure. Although gardening has taught me patience more than anything else in life.

    I love your pretty beds!

    June 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkelly

    loved the post and am tomato dreaming! looks like you will have a nice crop! delightful.

    June 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhoney

    And don't forget an important part of the metaphor - good writing can feed us as surely as good food! Sometimes, the harvest is even more bountiful than we can imagine!

    June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

    Maery, your introductory sentence just pulled me right in. Your writing is wonderful and such a great analogy between the gardening and writing. I would've never put those together, but you did it beautifully!!! Linda's comment just nailed the ending!

    June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGotham Girl aka Robin

    Thanks for all the wonderful comments! I'm hoping both the writing and garden will be bountiful this year.

    June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaery Rose

    Writing is the planting of seeds, some will take and some will fall to fallow ground.

    Lovely post :-)

    June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCherryPie

    The birth and growth of a garden is such a joyous thing. I hope yours blooms and grows well this year. A great metaphor for other aspects of life too.

    June 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

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