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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
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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
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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
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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

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
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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

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7/18/2014 - Alicia Afua, Mallam, Accra, Ghana

 

 

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    Entries in Yoga. Self-discovery (1)

    Monday
    Oct172011

    Seeking Clarity

    Perhaps it is clarity that I'm seeking. About looking inwards at myself and my daily habits and behaviors ...and gaining greater insight and understanding. Or perhaps - the decision to do what I'm doing - has more to do with the questions to which I've been seeking answers.

    What - in my life am I holding on to? And - what in my life needs to be let go?

    It was to that that I decided to experiment with a cleanse...a simple change in routine. To eliminate from my daily life diet..to change something - ever so slightly - to uncover and discover something different..something new.

    Thirty days - I promised. Nothing to lose..and so much to gain. It's never about what one actually does..but how it is that one does it. If there was a conscious intention - it was that. To look and see and observe. How and what it is that I do what I do..and why?

    It always begins - doesn't it? - with the excitement of different and new. Of taking on a challenge. Of experimenting. Of not quite knowing where this new path might eventually lead. An adventure..of sorts. One on which I was embarking without having to leave the comfort and safety of my home.

    Day 1 - I rolled out my magical metaphorical mat..and began.

    Day 3 - and I started to question the wisdom of my decision. Remind me again - I found myself asking. Why? I was feeling that resistance..missing my old habits..my old routines. What if I broke this promise I'd made only to myself? If I quit - will I proclaim myself a failure? Or - will my quitting be a victory in some sort of strange disguise?

    A promise is a promise. It's one I made to my own worst enemy..my harshest critic..and my very best friend. To me..and myself..and I.

    Days 4 and 5 - I settled in. Resigned..re-committed..re-focused. I'm not a quitter. Not now. Not never. Not I. I was beginning - or so I thought - to enjoy this  new routine. There was a new found sense of freedom..of autonomy..of knowing that the choice I was making - was all mine.

    Day 7 - here I still am.

    I'm learning. Change - whether by choice or by circumstance - is hard..and necessary..and good. There are parts of my practicing communally and with others that I do miss. The camaraderie. The conversations. The feeling - perhaps - that we are a part of something greater than ourselves..and that collectively we might just change the world. I'm missing being led..being told exactly what it is that I should do - how and what and when.

    And -  it's exactly that..that I'm not. Instead of listening to the words and voices of others..instead of following another's directives..I'm beginning to hear a voice that's all my own. I'm begining to feel - more for myself - what's right..and what's not. I'm beginning to trust. Hard to believe it's taken me this long.

    My patterns -  how I think..how I react..how I am - are becoming clearer every day.

    If I don't make it to the end of this self-imposed commitment? If I give-up and give-in? It will be a conscious decision and choice - neither victory or defeat. It will be with a new-found self-awareness.

    Or perhaps -  it's always been right there. What I know. Inside me. Waiting only for me to uncover..to discover..to find.

    It's just a small daily adjustment..a tiny shift in perspective..and yet - so profound.