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 on: August 19, 2014, 12:48:21 PM 
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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/20/world/africa/ebola-outbreak.html?_r=0

I'm sure everyone has already heard about the Ebola crisis in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.
It is pretty heartbreaking to read how things seem to be only getting worse, not better, with some areas hit with the virus lacking food imports, people ransacking treatment centers, and the idea that people dying from it are going uncounted, untreated, and the spread isn't able to be better controlled.  Cry

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 on: August 18, 2014, 10:33:47 PM 
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Pro Mujer has 2 loans set to expire on Friday, the 22nd, and another 4 on Saturday, the 23rd.  Would anyone here like to help get these funded over the next few days?

Pro Mujer loans with red boxes:
http://www.kiva.org/lend/740518 Jerusalen, 3 days, $3925 to go
http://www.kiva.org/lend/740547 4 de Agosto, 3 days, $3625 to go
http://www.kiva.org/lend/740595 Rompe Corazones, 4 days, $1950
http://www.kiva.org/lend/741342 Ocomistu, 4 days, $3825 to go
http://www.kiva.org/lend/740541 Titintaya, 4 days, $2675 to go
http://www.kiva.org/lend/740545 Estrellitas, 4 days, $3550 to go

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 on: August 18, 2014, 08:58:24 AM 
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One of my “fellow travelers” on this trip that’s coming up, actually, the one of us 4 that I know the least, sent me this article, Why Being Human Matters, For The People Of Gaza And The World, early this morning.  I thought it was rich and thought-provoking in all kinds of ways.  So, now, I’m looking even more forward to the trip and to what I’m bound to learn from the people I’m with and the people we’ll meet than I already was before.  

As far as I know, there’s still room on the delegation if any of you out there might be interested in coming with. The 4 of us have chosen to go for all kinds of reasons, undoubtedly, but most fundamentally, because we need to and we do believe in the promise of our own humanity and in that of the people we’ll be aspiring to connect with, on both sides, when we’re there.



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 on: August 17, 2014, 11:59:49 PM 
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Nicaraguans told to eat iguanas as drought threatens food crisis

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/aug/15/nicaraguans-iguanas-drought-food-crisis


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 on: August 17, 2014, 10:10:18 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





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 on: August 17, 2014, 03:08:39 PM 
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As of March 15, 2012 - http://www.kiva.org/lend/403005 - these were the borrower's assets, as listed by Bai Tushum:

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[T]he business brings her around 5,000 som (KGS) a month from the sale of milk and dairy products. Thanks to her hard work [her] livestock headcount has two milk cows, one calf, five sheep, as well as 0,36 hectares of land which she cultivates with potatoes and barley.


Since that time, she has given birth to a second child and undergone a divorce.  Nonetheless, this is the description of her financial position in her currently-fundraising loan - http://www.kiva.org/lend/751666 - listed on Kiva on August 8, 2014:

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[She] maintains a farm with two cows, one calf and 25 sheep, as well as a 2-hectare plot of land, on which she grows barley and hay.


One and two-thirds hectares additional land, and 20 additional sheep - Good progress, IMO!


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 on: August 17, 2014, 01:39:49 PM 
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More from Laura, a few days ago:-

"For Maya, I do believe this partner may begin posting new loans again soon, and those raised funds would then settle out to past Kiva lenders who are waiting for funds owed to them.


Just received a full payoff on a Maya loan that hasn't had any repayments since late 2012. Not sure if that's due to a change for this particular borrower (she was going through some unspecified difficulties) or if Maya just reached the minimum to send a payment to Kiva.

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 on: August 17, 2014, 01:00:20 PM 
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Love this line from the poem:
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Their ancestors
may have done that to mine and my ancestors
may never have recovered, but we are new people
now, and should behave as such.

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 on: August 17, 2014, 12:40:59 PM 
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Emiro, 33, works washing motorcycles, a business that allows him to support his home composed of his spouse and four children ranging in age from 2 to 11....He says to his lenders: "These loans have been good for people because they are comfortable and have low interest rates, so I am grateful to the Foundation."

The "Foundation" he referred to is FMSD in Colombia, with a "portfolio yield" of 23% per year and profitability of 0.3%, as reported by Kiva.  I just received final payment on his 2d Kiva loan today, and he repaid fully.  (But there were 4 cents per $25 loan lost to currency devaluation.)  He has been buying durable machinery for his motorcycle-washing business, with his loans.
http://www.kiva.org/lend/554015

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 on: August 16, 2014, 11:13:54 AM 
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Recently watched and loved the movie, Budrus, all over again.

Because, as I've written, my friend, Brooke, and I (and I really happily just found out, a couple of friends from Oakland, as well) are going to be going on that Interfaith Peace-Builders trip to Palestine and Israel, come October, we watched this video of the woman who it turns out is going to be one of our “delegation's” leaders, giving her take on Life in Occupied Palestine.”  There’s a chance some of you might find it of interest and illumination. I sure did.

Long story short, but I’m all about, probably more accurately, I’m a very big believer in people coming together and in trying to effect change and resolve conflict, non-violently, where and whenever possible.

So, for that reason and a couple others, it was probably predictable that I would click on this article when I saw it, called, “Westboro Baptist Church's Plan To Protest Robin Williams' Funeral Thwarted By Love.”

That article led me to this CrowdRise page for anyone out there who might be interested.


Speaking about Robin Williams, this already has been all over the Internet, but I’m placing it here just in case one or two of you might have missed it.  It's a four and a half minute long really pretty enchanting encounter between Robin Williams and my much loved Koko, the gorilla, both shown in a light I hadn’t ever seen either one of them.  

The article that led me to this video described how Koko responded to Robin Williams when she first met him really fascinatingly differently than she responds to most human visitors.  She was almost immediately affectionate, warm and playful and essentially showed a joy and what appeared to be an immediate connection with him that her human caretakers found remarkable.  And look how tender and soft he was.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_j1Hq8L28Us


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