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Featuring a sampling of our personal favorites in our latest gallery...

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Kiva - loans that change lives

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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    With palms pressed at heart's center - we sound our voices.  We begin with a deep resounding 'ohhhhm'.

    Some of us are tentative at first. Our voices are new to us. We're unsure. We're shy. We're scared. We haven't - yet - given ourselves permission to speak out loud...to sing.

    Together - we grow strong.

    We connect to our hearts and our heartsongs. We connect to the earth and its energies. We connect to one another...honoring our intentions and commitment to show up together in this one space...in this one time...in this one day.

    We are all the same.

    We have arrived here from all corners of the globe. We were strangers. We have become friends. We've shared the stories of our lives...and our life's stories. We've dreamed. We've laughed. We've cried. We've challenged and inspired and encouraged one another to be the best selves we possibly can.

    We've learned kindness and patience and gratitude and joy. We've held one another in times of sadness. We've celebrated our victories. We've honored our defeats. And -  we've been there for one another as a reminder that tomorrow always comes. A new day will dawn and with it - another opportunity to begin. Again.

    For me - our time here at Vision and Verb has been one long beautiful communal vinyasa practice. Our bodies and our breaths. Our images and our words. Quiet...soulful...deeply meaningful and powerful personal connection.

    We've shown up. We burned brightly. And now - the time has come to let go. With appreciation...compassion... grace.

    We honor the endings by knowing that every ending is really a beginning. We've shown up for ourselves and one another and done the best work that we can.

    'We're all just walking each other home.'

    Just as we began - almost 5 years ago - we close by bringing our palms together once and again at our heart's center.  We sound our voices in a longer and deeper and more resonant 'ohhhhhmmmm'. We're confident. We're strong. What we needed - we learned - we've always had within.

    We've felt the energy. We're now feeling the release.

    We bring our hands from our hearts to our third eye center. A reminder to ourselves to follow our heart's lead. We bow our heads.

    And together - we say:


    The light in me honors the light, love, beauty and truth and peace within you. In sharing our authentic selves and brave stories - we are united. We are one. We are the same.

    In deepest gratitude.

    * * *

    Thank-you to all of our dear and loyal readers who have shown up and shared in our stories. Your presence and spirit and quiet encouragement has meant so much to us here. You can find links to our individual blogs by checking out who is gathered around our table.

    When one door closes another opens.

    We look forward to your joining with us in wherever our new creative adventures lead.


    May My Mind Come Alive Today

    May my mind come alive today
    To the invisible geography
    That invites me to new frontiers
    To break the dead shell of yesterday,
    To risk being disturbed and changed.
    May I have the courage today
    To live the life that I would love.
    To postpone my dream no longer
    But do at last what I came here for
    And waste my heart on fear no more.

    ~John O’Donahue

    Dear Vision & Verb Sisters: I haven’t the steam to create something new for my post. I am filled with stories I want to tell, but they will come in their own organic sweetness. Just not on these pages.

    In June, I was on a pilgrimage in Provence. We studied Mary Magdalene’s influence on the contemplative monastic orders that flowered after her in the south of France. Some of you may know that she was considered the first disciple, according to the Gospel of Thomas that was discovered, with other codices, in the Egyptian desert in 1945 and called the Nag Hammadi Library. Naturally it is controversial, especially to the patriarchal church.

    After being home less than a week, we got a call from my ninety-year-old father who was weeping. My little sister had been taken to intensive care in a hospital in southern California. I didn’t think I could make the trip, but it was essential. Jill had been put on life support and wasn’t conscious. I was the only one who knew her wishes regarding these medical heroics. She would have hated everything being done to keep her alive. I was there with my family for a week. Jilly died on July 3rd an hour after we took her off life support.

    I have no doubt that I was buoyed by Love to survive the week. I have no doubt that my time with the women on the retreat sustained me. On the night before Jill died, I taught my nephew a mantra that we had used on the retreat: I am remembering who I am. I am remembering who I am.

    We sang it for Jill, over and over, as it was meant to be.

    What I want to say is that I’m grateful. For this outlet for my creativity, and for being the beneficiary of yours. May you each continue in your blessed way to fulfill your dreams. It’s been an honor.

    I hope to see you down the road.



    to new beginnings


    Every story has an end.

    But in life, every ending is just a new beginning.

    Dakota Fanning - Uptown Girls


    What else can be added that hasn't already been said?

    A big THANK YOU for having the opportunity to be part of this amazing group of women!