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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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    Where I Live

    Where do I live?

    It's a rather simple question..and one that I've been pondering lately. It shouldn't really take all that much thought to answer...but that it's something about which I've definitely been thinking.

    I live here in the United States of America. I live in a suburban town just west of a city that hugs the east coast. There are mountains to the north and west..and oceans to the east. There are tree lined streets..and picket fences..and backyards that have been carefully tended. There are children playing and dogs barking. There are parks and schools and a town hall and center. I'm lucky. Where I live - there's a beautiful and very picturesque little pond.

    I live in a house that can be easily located by its street name and identifying address. I have a phone number..a zip code..an email address. Anyone can find me - if they look.

    I live alongside my furniture..my pots and pans...my precious belongings..the 'things' I've collected and amassed. I live with my papers...my pens and my pencils..my library of read and un-read books. I live with my family - who I love more than life. With my husband..my children..my sweet girl-dog.

    But - where do I LIVE?

    Where I live..where I really live - cannot be defined. Where I live is somewhere inside. It has no identifying name..or street address. It can't possibly be located or - even - described.

    It can't get lost. It can be found. It is sometimes a firey red..or a melancholy blue. It can be a bright orange..or a deep and pensive purple.

    This place where I live - it talks to me. It walks with me. It sits right there beside me. It owns nothing. It carries all. It remembers..and yet - it forgives and forgets.

    I live in my wildest imagination....and darkest dreams. I live in my quiet..and my endless chatter and noise. I live in my internal tumult..and my eternal peace. I live where I breathe....where I feel...where I can listen and hear the voice that is speaking. Softly.

    Where do I live?

    I live in that place..in that sacred space...in the one and only  - where I come alive. In that one - that is always waiting...inviting..welcoming. That one to which I can return. Time after time..and over and over..and ever again.

    I live in my body..my breath..my heart.

    I live in that place..in that comfortable safe space - that is home.

    Reader Comments (21)

    Oh Marcie. Tears here. No words except thank you = and long may you find it a safe and comfortable place to live.

    October 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersoosie

    I would definitely call that your Holy of Holies, Marcie! The wheel in the middle of the wheel. It's like living inside a painting...or inside one of your photos, like this one!

    October 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGinnie

    what beautiful beautiful words....that got me to pause - at the start of yet another frustrating farm day - and made me want to sit down and start looking at here, at who i am here and how good it ultimately is. thank you x

    October 8, 2012 | Registered CommenterEliza

    Marcie I love your writing and your contemplations. Home is a wonderful word and full of significance here you share yours at a soul level.....As usual as I read your thoughts something ethereal holds my feet a few inches off the ground, until finally landing softly on the earth. Grounded and inspired......

    October 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine Drea

    According to Benjamin Franklin, in 1750 in his Poor Richard's Almanack: "There are three Things extremely hard, Steel, a Diamond, and to know one's self." He observed that it was extremely hard to know oneself, but you seem to have mastered it, Marcie.

    October 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSheila Eames

    always a pleasure to stop in with coffee and most especially when you draw my into your image and invited me to find my own place, as you talk about yours.

    you are a treasure.

    October 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhoney

    Now this is some amazing writing, my dear Marcie, you touch my soul and shift my thinking ~ and you soothe my mind with another glorious image from your pond ~ what a wonderful home, inside & out.

    October 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

    Such a gorgeous, dreamy photo! You have captured the question this morning that I so often struggle with. Recently, gathered with dear friends in soulful conversation, I burst into tears as I proclaimed "All I've ever wanted is family and home!" Since then I've been thinking about what home is and how to make one that I carry with me always, no matter what is happening in the outside world. You sound like you have found that place I'm looking for.

    October 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaery Rose

    Just beautiful.

    October 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElena Caravela

    I love where you live. That place is so different for all of us, yet so very much the same. Coming home, again and again to the heart inside of us that offers peace...a blessing, indeed.

    October 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

    What a beautiful place you've described here - and one we could all find, hopefully. It sounds like a very good place to be.
    Your image, Marcie, is more than beautiful.

    October 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarola

    Marcie, this is so beautiful. Thank you for the lesson on Living. I will carry this in my heart today.

    October 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah

    Marcie, this is so beautiful. I don't think I'll ever answer the question, "where do you live?" again in quite the same way. You're so right - we live in our heads and our hearts and alongside or within our spirits.
    "I live in that place - in that comfortable, safe space - that is home." So lucky.

    We are so fortunate, aren't we?

    October 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

    The most beautiful part of where YOU live Marcie, is that you share it with us time and time again through your daily practice and those magical photographs of yours. Today the magic was in your words and touched my heart once again as they usually do. Thank you xo

    Beautiful words and image. It is so nice to know you feel comfortable with your home.

    October 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCherryPie

    Exquisite image Marcie! Beautiful lines of poetry..."deep and pensive purple", "sacred space...heart...home...breath." You brought me along
    for your journey. Blessings!

    October 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary Sherman

    This is sheer poetry. It touches my heart and mind with the meaning and the beautiful flow of words. The image draws me into the thoughts.

    October 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMother

    I read this on your blog yesterday, and it's beautiful to read again. Home is where your heart is - adages have a ring to truth...

    October 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPuna

    Marcie, those last three sentences really resonated with me. In fact, coming back to the states after visiting Belgium and spending time with two fabulous women in the Netherlands...I must say I feel my home is wherever I go, which I think means just what you said! I just could never say it so eloquently! Thank you! P.S. Incredible image as always!

    October 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGotham Girl aka Robin

    As Honey said, "You are a treasure."

    Thank you, Marcie.

    October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSue

    I love this ijmage Marcie! Such a subtle beauty of a Great Blue Heron--- my totem since I was young adulthood.

    October 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoni James

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