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 on: September 27, 2014, 03:56:21 PM 
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At the time of her previous Kiva loan, Nov 2013, her monthly income was 5,000KGS.  http://www.kiva.org/lend/635563
Now (Sept 2014) she's applying for her 2d loan, and her monthly income has increased to 15,000 KGS.  http://www.kiva.org/lend/769909
And her picture is gorgeous:

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 on: September 25, 2014, 11:54:05 AM 
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A story with lots of economic growth in it.  He went from being a scavenger at a dumpsite to operating his own scrap recycling business.  Much of the growth he accomplished before becoming a microloan client, but quite a bit has come after, too.  With his new Kiva loan and accumulated savings, he will buy a truck for the business, which will save him the rent he is currently paying for a vehicle.

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 on: September 19, 2014, 11:37:55 AM 
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When you come across a post like this one, youíd be quite safe in speculating that I have A Whole Lot of Work I must be trying to avoid  Ö.

LANGUAGE OF LIFE
If youíre one of the people whoís lucky enough to get pleasure from poetry and/or is a teacher, parent, friend or lover who rejoices in giving the gift of it, I found Bill Moyersí Language of Life series absolutely superlative.  I didnít love all of it, not hardly, but I sure loved a lot of it and had my mind, heart and world expanded tremendously for my having come across it.  Thereís a free sampling of one of its segments, this, with Sekou Sundiata and Naomi Shihab Nye*, here, if you want to check it out.   The entire set is currently available on DVDs and on Amazon Instant Video.  

*Had both reason and good fortune enough to read a book the other day by Aziz Shihab, the late father of Naomi Shihab Nye, Does The Land Remember Me?  Loving dad, loving daughter.
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HEALING AND THE MIND
The Healing and The Mind segment with Jon Kabat-Zinn
(Wonderful in his own right and also son-in-law to the late, inimitable and inspirational Howard Zinn)
(Imagine how stimulating their family dinner table conversations had to have been!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEJGPuPFIvc

JK-Z wrote Full Catastrophe Living, very worth checking out if you have any interest in mindfulness meditation or in a fascinating multiplicity of about a billion other things.
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STREET JOURNEYS
Yesterday, I fortuitously happened upon a movie called Street Journeys(See first pic, below).
http://woodstockfilmfest.blogspot.com/2013/03/street-journeys-screening-moves.html
http://www.shangiliafoundationusa.org/

Little question that it had particularly special meaning for me because the kids featured in it were so very like some of the kids I saw when walking through the slum communities where Irene Kamau and her Action Now Kenya continue their faithful work.  Iím close to certain, though, that you donít need to have been there to be touched, to be touched, deeply, by this flick.  Loving kids and caring for other human beings is all itíll take.

Currently, itís available on Amazon Instant Videos and iTunes.
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I apologize, at least, I express my regret to anyone reading here whoís from a part of the world where youíre unable to access these or other media via either Amazon, iTunes or any other website I or someone else here might sometime cite.  If I had my way, everybody everywhere would have access to all the treasures that Iím lucky enough to have in my own life.
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EDIT: Not related to anything in particular, I came across this story today that was of interest to me and maybe will or wonít be to some of you, as well.  I probably read it in the first place because Iíd been so taken by the clip I once saw of Pharrell Williams with Oprah , the second link, below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tg5qdIxVcz8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYFKnXu623s


EDIT #2: I just sat through the entirety of the video clip of the Iranian kids dancing-- in the second to last link, above.  Iíd only watched a few seconds of it before.  How watching the whole thing ended up setting my mind to spinning.  

SpinningÖ..

about the supposedly super scary terrorist-types, the supposedly Very Definitely Unrelatable OTHER that our media would encourage us to stereotype Iranians and so many other peoples from the Middle East,

about the universality of human experience, human emotion, the human desire to dance out, to express the joy we sometimes get to feel,

about the wonderful wonderful wonderful universality and community-building nature of music,

and

about how inexpressibly lucky you and I are to live where we live, for however many faults our governments have.  Absolutely totally inexpressibly lucky.

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EDIT #3: Got a fair amount of sadness.  Just the way it goes.
An up side is that it probably makes me all that much more grateful for the bountiful joys that Iím graced to have, too.  

This very early morning, I just found some more.  What sweetness!


The Music In Me


The Leopards Take Manhattan

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EDIT #4: When opening my email this morning, discovered a new photo of a couple more of those bountiful joys, a grandmother (and granddaughter) pretty important to a bunch of us here.  Reminding me.  Reminding me.

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 on: September 18, 2014, 05:59:42 AM 
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http://www.kiva.org/lend/765713


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 on: September 16, 2014, 10:26:30 AM 
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With Credit Day almost here, I've taken a look at Pro Mujer's fundraising loans.  They don't have any with deadlines immediately after credit day, but there is a 4-day period coming up (Sept 23d through 26th) when they have TWENTY loans set to expire.  (That is to say, 20 of the 24 loans they have fundraising now, which need to be funded before the next credits come in October.)

It would be great if those lenders who like Pro Mujer would lend early, to get the number down of loans that will need to be pushed at the last minute before the deadline.  I've highlighted below the four loans that are set to expire on Sept 23d, and two each from Sept 24th and 25th.  (Pro Mujer has 6 loans on each of those latter dates.)  Please consider lending some of your shiny new credits to these, soon.

Sept 23 loans:
http://www.kiva.org/lend/755442 Lider Grp $3975 to go
http://www.kiva.org/lend/755443 Poderoso $3800
http://www.kiva.org/lend/755444 Luciernagas $3700
http://www.kiva.org/lend/755448 Totora $4225 (CHEESE)
Sept 24 loans:
http://www.kiva.org/lend/755919 6 de Agosto $4500 (FLOWERS)
http://www.kiva.org/lend/755960 Luna Radiante $4475
Sept 25 loans:
http://www.kiva.org/lend/756708 Estrellitas $5500
http://www.kiva.org/lend/756727 Margaritas $5775


Totora Group

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 on: September 12, 2014, 07:11:00 PM 
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Hochiakbar bought [a] dough mixer, electric and 20 bags of flour.  Income from business grew by 50%.  Hochiakbar continues to expand the business in the future and wants to open a small pastry shop.
http://www.kiva.org/lend/693406 (See the "Updates" tab.  Posted by MLO Humo.)


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 on: September 06, 2014, 09:22:46 AM 
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Rich.

EDITNot news photos and not, all of them wonderful, but there's a lot of pleasure to be had if you go here and scroll down to the group in the category of "Latest Wonders."
That's assuming you haven't already been to this website, before, in which case, if you haven't, you've got quite a treat in store for yourselves
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 on: September 01, 2014, 11:34:17 PM 
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http://video.pbs.org/video/2365316335/

or

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFbU1iOluSQ

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 on: August 27, 2014, 04:56:51 PM 
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Laos - 2 loans up now from TerraClear http://www.kiva.org/partners/393

http://www.kiva.org/lend?partner_id=393&status=fundRaising&sortBy=Most+Recent

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 on: August 25, 2014, 02:48:15 PM 
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Central America and Carribean

Food security Crisis likely due to coffee rust and drought

http://www.fews.net/central-america-and-caribbean/alerta/mar-2014-08-12


Thanks for that terrific source of info.

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