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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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    Interdependent Generous Grace of Global Community  


    I made my yearly sojourn to the International Folk Art Festival this past weekend. It’s always hot and there are thousands that descend in an area of Santa Fe known as “museum hill”. For three days the area is transformed into a global village where 150 artists from more than 54 countries bring their skilled craftsmanship of wares to be bought/sold/discovered by us westerners. Bright colors, beautiful textures, jewelry, ceramics, instruments, men and women dressed in their countries’ traditional dress.  There was a moment when I thought, “international consumerism”; but this swiftly shifted to “a peaceful gathering of 20,000 human beings from around the globe sharing themselves and their wares simply seeking support and recognition from another part of the world.”

    This image is one of several I made of the beautiful women I came upon during my visit. I was just about ready to leave when I saw her sitting simply in a chair, not trying to sell her trade, just sitting, open. I approached and asked her permission to take her photo. She simply smiled and nodded her head. I knelt down, fairly close and took the picture. As I stood up she continued to smile, I said thank you and she extended her hand to me. In that moment, everything stopped, as if I’d been awarded the kindest, gentlest, most graceful, thought filled courtesy by my sister from around the world.

    This is what Vision & Verb is. We are sisters from around the globe. We come, we go, we visit, we stay for the long haul. We share, we are quiet. We communicate, we hold back. We take care and we support. We are the perfect representation of the ebb/flow/warp/weft/breathe in/breathe out.
    We are how a global community pulsates.

    Reader Comments (16)

    Did you ask her if she'd be willing to write a guest post for us, Mary???? :)

    Seriously, YES! Exactly. THIS is what we are about. How can we not smile back (the universal language) and say Thank You!

    July 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGinnie

    Oh Mary - this is absolutely wonderful!!! What a fun festival...and there's probably not a better place than Santa Fe for it to happen. And - I just love the metaphor between it and us here at V&V!

    July 19, 2012 | Registered CommenterMarcie

    Beautiful portrait, which culture/country does she represent?
    love your metaphor, wonderful post

    July 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPetra

    Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Your experience - your image - her reaction..."Sisters from around the globe." YES!

    July 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSue

    Stunning image, Mary! Very sweet and powerful words, so true. I love visiting your town of Santa Fe, hope to be down that way again in the autumn ~ there's just something about the sights and smells of this place that is like no other. Thank you for sharing some of it here.

    July 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

    You just summed up in words what I love about this community.

    This beautiful soul you photographed, her smile, the way she shook your hand... I just love it.

    July 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah

    So breathtakingly beautiful ... her, the moment, your thoughts and feelings here.

    July 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRuth

    Mary, this is such a fantastic photo! And yes, this is what it's all about! I love your post - I feel connected and embraced by this wonderful community.

    July 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarola

    Love the photo, love the woman, love the concepts you bring, and love you for bringing it all to me.

    July 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMother

    That sounds like a perfect moment in time and you have captured her lovely spirit in the photograph.

    July 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCherryPie

    What a gorgeous, gorgeous face.

    July 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPuna

    Thank you all.... She's frrom Morocco ;-)

    July 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary Sherman

    What a powerful post Mary! So love our sisterhood!

    July 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGotham Girl aka Robin

    What a great photo! I love portraits like this that capture a persons natural smile and personality.

    July 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaery Rose

    How wonderfully your post illustrates the purpose of this community. II think the best portrait shots are always the ones that are bestowed by the heart, as this one clearly was.

    July 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

    What a gorgeous smile she has to share with the world, such joy in that face! It sounds like a wonderful festival, and yes, you are so right, that is "who" we are, here.

    July 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkelly

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