Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Yesterday was one of my LONG days. Up at 5:15am to catch the 6:20 ferry. Barb and I spoke on two panels at this fantastic networking conference, SHOP Symposium from about 9:30 - 11:30ish. WOW! We were surrounded by beautiful, intelligent and inspiring women both on and off stage. Love doing this - it really affirms what it is we do and the impact we can have if we get out there. Having women come up to you and say, "Thank you so much - that really helped me". How could I ever have known that my path would lead here?
A funnier comment was, "did you ever think you would be a celebrity?" I started laughing since obviously, she must be joking, right? But when I looked at her, she was waiting for my honest response. What do you say to that? "Ummm, no?"
After lunch we stayed and watched some other panels discuss the whole new world of Social Media and the impact it can have on your biz. A bit overwhelming but kinda exciting too. Twitter...here I come!
Great connects for future business, great inspiration from powerful women and great to get the hell outta there at the end of the day! My overstimulation sensor is quite low these days so at a certain point, with so many people around and no escape in sight - I need to bolt. Arriving home last night to our little haven was the best cure. Now, time to process, remember and allow...
And, it's a sunny day!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Well...I'll tell you, it's pretty great! There has not been one moment of regret or doubt. Every part of my being says, this is where you are meant to be, right now. I believe G feels the same way too. One more example of opening up to the universe and asking.
Life is good!
Friday, March 20, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Dear Lorna Ketler,
This is an update on your loan to Sreypov Chim in Cambodia.
On the Koh Dach Island on the Mekong River, I visited Sreypov on a Tuesday morning. With me was Sothea, a friendly credit officer working for MAXIMA, one of Kiva’s four partner microfinance organizations in Cambodia. As a Kiva Fellow at MAXIMA, I travel with loan officers and company employees to meet borrowers and see the impact of microfinance firsthand.
When Sothea and I pulled up to Sreypov’s house, Sreypov was seated by her loom while her son, Mia (age 5), played nearby. In this video, you can see Sreypov weaving two-toned purple fabric while Mia watches. I say“Suis-stye!” to Mia, which means “Hello!” Link to video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whLIEyBTwos
This is Sreypov’s third loan with MAXIMA, but her first loan on Kiva. She borrowed $300 to buy silk thread, which she purchases in Phnom Penh.She pays $53 for 1 unit of silk. She weaves from 7 am until 10 or 11 am,when she makes lunch for her family. She starts weaving again around 1or 2pm, finishing in the evening around 5pm.
It takes Sreypov 2-3 days to make one kabun. (1 sheet of silk, about 3.8meters long). If she’s busy, it could take her 4 days to complete a kabun. Four months ago, she could sell each kabun to a middleman for$10. Now, prices have dropped and she sells her silk for $8. She guessed that the economic problems were causing her prices to fall, because people aren’t buying silk as often. She hopes that conditions will improve, as it affects her ability to support her family.
With the money she makes from her silk, Sreypov purchases food for her family and pays for the school fee to send her son to school. She also uses some money to pay her loan back. Although she pays her loans back on time, she is dependent on the market for her products to sell at a good price.
Before leaving to visit more weavers on the island, I thanked Sreypov for her time and wished her success: “Some nang lo’ah!” – Goodluck!
Monday, March 16, 2009
I've been accused of cheating. Or at least that's what it feels like. My intentions are pure and pretty clear but the other person seems to be acting from fear and past experience. I get that.
What I don't understand is my regression to that shamed feeling of me as a 7 year old girl who's just been accused of copying the answers by my teacher and no amount of explanation will convince her otherwise. (I wasn't copying!)
Monday, March 9, 2009
I feel very settled today - in my jammies watching the snow fall and working away on some new Bodacious stuff. We had lots of company over the weekend which was pretty great - my dad, step-mom, grandma, brother and his whole family and my uncle and cousin were all here at some point over the past few days. Lots of great visiting and catching up.
One of my favourite things is hearing my dad and grandma tell stories from the "old days" when my dad was a small boy in Mexico. One I hadn't heard before connected Pancho Villa to their hometown of Chihuahua (well before my dad was born but still connected to our family)!
My grandma moved to Mexico when she was 4 years old with some of the first Mennonite settlers over there. The land was cheap and uncultivated and they were able to practice their religion without the threat of being conscripted. Their culture wasn't necessarily welcomed by all of the local Mexicans and the families had to find a way to communicate and do business in this new land.
Apparently, my grandma's uncle found a stash of gold (we're talking several gold bars) on their land and decided to make a dash for the border - thinking it would be easier to keep it if he was outside of Mexico. Unfortunately, that's as far as his plan went, and all of the gold was confiscated by the border patrol. This was the year before Pancho Villa was killed and there were rumours that his gold was hidden in the vicinity. That's as far as the story goes for now but I'm looking into it:) Imagine how history might have been different had his plan worked!
Hope you all had a great weekend - now it's hailing!!!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Happy hump day to you!
Monday, March 2, 2009
See ya sooooon...