My House Still Smells Like My House

I know that is a weird thing to think about but after being gone from my house for 5 months I wondered.  When I walked in late Tuesday night after a day of traveling I was not sure what I would find.   I mean let’s face it—my husband has been a bachelor for 5 months and even though he has not been here at the house THAT much I was still a little concerned.  But I walked in and it hit me.  My house still smelled like my house!   I think every house has a certain smell to it and hopefully a good one. Well, mine does and I am happy to report that it still does!!!  Yippee!!!

The hubby did well keeping things in line here and thanks to some other great folks who have been doing the “weekly water the plants and check on the house ” detail all was well when I arrived home.  What a nice feeling.  And what a great feeling to sleep in my own bed and wake up in my own bed!!!   I could get used to this!   But before long I am sure that too will grow old and I will be ready to roam a bit. We will see.

I promised I would let you all know who we are supporting on KIVA and I got busy today and loaned and made notes on who “we” loaned to!  Make sure to check out KIVA  sometime and loan on your own if you want!!! Anyway–I made 7 loans and here is who we loaned to!!!

Marta Albertine Calel Tzul from Guatemala. She is 25, married with one young son. She makes and sells woven goods and will use the money to purchase supplies.

Wenvoo Mbokwe from Kenya.  She is 37, married and has 5 children from ages 5 months to 15 years.  She sells brooms and will use the loan to purchase reeds for more brooms.  Her goal is to run a greengrocery in 5 years with fresh vegetables and fruits.

Maryam from Jordan.  She is 48 years old and works as a pharmacist’s assistant.  She has a son, Mohammad, who loves sport and wants to pursue a career in physical education. She is seeking the loan to help pay for his semester fees.   She is a conservative woman and so asked that the picture be of her son and not herself.

Olga Pimentel from the Phillipines.  She is 34, married and has 3 school age children.  She wants to continue to improve their status and will use the loan money to buy feed, vitamins, vaccines and maintenance of her hog business.

Alphonsine from Rwanda.  She is 35, married and has 3 children ranging in ages from 9 to 17 years.  She sells chickens and works daily from 7 am to 5 pm.  She employes 2 people and has had her business for 3 years.  She wants to use the loan money to buy more chickens to sell.

Joaquin Emillio Zapato Cuervo is from Colombia.   He is separated but has sole responsibility for the cost of the household where he lives with all 5 of his children.  He is a hard worker and wants his children to to have more than he has had growing up.  He wants to provide for them in every way.  He sells timber and needs to buy more tree lots in order to satisfy his customer’s orders.  He will use the loan money to buy tree lots.

Tsolmanbaatar Turmurbaatar is from Mongolia.   He drives a taxi and will use the loan money to buy spare parts when needed.  He lives with his parents, brothers and sisters and has run his taxi business since 2001.  He travels 5 times a week from his town to the capital which averages 250 kilometers per trip.  He is a hard worker and was able to buy a new taxi recently.

Hopefully all of these loans will get fully funded and I will be able to report back over time how our folks are doing!!! Thanks again for all of your great comments!!!  You are what made the difference!!!  Yay You!



  1. Awesome post! You have a wonderful blog!

    • Well thank you, McGuffyAnn!!! That is so sweet!! It is folks like you who make me smile when I read the comments! Don’t you just love the taxi driver???

  2. This is amazing…. so nice to know you are helping real people

  3. That’s amazing… how you can pick the recipients of the donations. And to know that it helps them and with that they can help others. The gift that keeps on giving. 🙂

    • Yep—KIVA is an awesome thing. I get really excited about it and our family has a team so we have loaned to a lot of people in just a couple of years. It all adds up!

  4. Helen Brown says:

    I think it was really nice that you put these people on so others can see what KIVA is all about.

    • Thanks!!! I had fun picking them out this time because I knew that I could post them and then let everyone else see who they were supporting!!! I loved the taxi driver—he looks like someone I would have a good conversation with!

  5. Wonderful news on the donations, Beth Ann. What a lovely and meaningful thing you’ve done.

    I know what you mean about wondering if your house will still smell like your house. It’s a nice feeling when it does. Welcome home and I know there’s no place like your own bed.

  6. These are all great causes, people with hopes and dreams.

  7. Welcome home!

  8. Oh, its fun to see who you donated to. Thank you for sharing their profiles!

  9. Welcome home! KIVA is a wonderful way to help others–I love it! I do wonder though what happens if the loan isn’t fully funded. I would think they’d at least get a portion of their request. Do you know?

    • You know I am not sure but I think they don’t get funded if they only get a portion. I will have to do some checking. I belong to a group that funds expiring loans and I bet they would know. I will try to find out.

  10. What a wonderful way to fund needy businesses. I have been a long time admirer of KIVA. Keep up this good work.

    • Peggy, Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting!!! I have been such a fan of KIVA and have gotten my family hooked on it, especially my one brother who has kind of become obsessed with it. But that is a good obsession–helping people, right??? 🙂

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