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

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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

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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
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9/29/2012 - Divino Niño Jesus Group, Caaguazú, Paraguay LOAN REPAID IN FULL

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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

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12/30/2012 - Alia, Wihdat, Jordan

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1/8/2013 -    Marcia De Jesús, El Sauce, Nicaragua
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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

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4/25/2013 - Leda Del Rosario, Managua, Nicaragu LOAN REPAID IN FULL

4/25/2013 - Seda, Ujanis village, Syuniq region, Armenia
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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

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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

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11/26/2013 - Lidia, Cochabamba, Bolivia

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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

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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

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    Thursday
    Jun142012

    Happiness

     "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."

                                 -Dr. Suess

     

    I confess that I used to get quite maudlin when happy events were coming to an end.  Now, I try to remember that anticipating endings shortens the time for swimming in happiness.  I used to believe that if I started to withdraw ahead of time, I was saving myself from being so sad.  Wrong!  

    My babies grew into men, and I did spend a lot of time talking about "how fast it was going," and I think I might have missed some of the fun by worrying about its disappearance.

    Resolved..."don't leave before I leave!"  Stay in the moment.  Sing happy songs.

    At least, I will try....care to join me?                        

    Reader Comments (13)

    This reminds me of something I heard years ago, Honey, about not needing the ticket till the train comes...or not crossing the bridge before you get there. Actually, I love Dr. Seuss, so now I have a new mantra. So true, so true. It's again about living in the NOW because that's all we really have. Look at that baby. How could you ever not be full of happiness for THAT!

    June 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGinnie

    Dr. Seuss was a wise man!! So true - that we need to be in the 'happy' for as long as we can. A lesson for all of us here. And - I love..love..love the photo. What could possibly speak more to happiness than a happy baby!!!

    June 14, 2012 | Registered CommenterMarcie

    Pure sweetness! And I so love the simplicity of Dr. Suess' quote!

    June 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGotham Girl aka Robin

    When I read your words about "swimming in happiness" I immediately thought of Dory in "Finding Nemo". She would be oblivious to other stuff going on, forget lots of things, but always said "keep on swimming, keep on swimming...." She was clueless about so many things going on around her, but happy to just keep on...swimming.

    While I'm not advocating that we become clueless, I do like little Dory's attitude about keeping on in the moment. Now, if I would just practice that a bit more I could really reduce some stress in my life.

    I love what you said here about parenting, and how we can take this as a reminder to sing those happy songs, keep swimming in that happiness, and be present. This baby is absolutely precious...but then, what baby isn't? Great post!

    June 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah

    Love this baby! Love Dr. Suess! Thanks for the great reminder.

    June 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

    Your logic in those "early withdrawals" reminds me of my own youthful conviction that "if you don't expect anything, you'll never be disappointed". That seems so wrong-headed to me now - but we do, indeed, live and learn.

    June 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

    This is a lesson that I need to see and hear over and over. Thanks.

    June 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMother

    Cute baby!! Great quote. I will join you for sure.

    June 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPetra

    I always like to savour and relive the moment after it has ended and I always look forward to the next time :-)

    June 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCherryPie

    What a great quote. And yes, sometimes we worry too much about losing the moment and forget to just enjoy it and be there!

    June 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

    Honey, this photo is absolutely precious...and is so perfect for this post. As we pass through 'phases and stages' of life, there is most always something to smile about. Wishing you lots and lots of happy moments to smile about!

    June 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSue

    I ran across that quote after my divorce and have tried to apply it to that piece of sadness. I think it wise to see the good in something, even after it ends and the hurt sets in, especially after the hurt sets in.

    June 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaery Rose

    Yes! Easier said than done of course, but well worth pursuing. My husband used to be in a bad mood all day Sunday because it was the day before Monday's return to work. It made me crazy, and one day I told him what a waste he was making of half of his weekend, not enjoying one of the two days he had simply because of the next one that wasn't even here yet.
    I think he has come to see it differently now.
    Great post, and what an adorable photo!

    June 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkelly

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