Laurie

Country

United States

About

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SIX (6) OF MY FAVORITE QUOTES:

1.) "Live simply so that others may simply live." -Mahatma Gandhi

2.) "If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one." -Mother Teresa

3.) "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace."
-Jimi Hendrix

4.) "Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as... a vegetarian diet." -Albert Einstein

5.) "Humanity is going to require a substantially new way of thinking if it is to survive."
-Albert Einstein

6.) "All truth goes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Then, it is violently opposed.
Finally, it is accepted as self-evident." -Arthur Schopenhauer

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- Animal-Lover
- Book-Lover (Non-Fiction)
- Egalitarian
- Environmentalist
- Gardener / Plant-Lover
- Humanitarian
- Idealist
- Intuitive
- Music-Lover
- Non-Parent (Child-Free by Choice)
- Researcher/Teacher/Writer (informally)
...(here's an informal work-in-progress: rootcause.site123.me/posts/...)
...(edited that link and the website content on 2019-12-01, at 2:15 A.M., E.S.T.)
- Spiritual (Not Religious)

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I Also:

- Avoid Alcoholic Beverages... (approx. 99% of the time)
- Avoid Canned Foods & Highly Processed Foods... (approx. 90% of the time)
- Avoid Colas/Sodas/Pop... (100% of the time)
- Avoid Extracted Oils (almond oil, olive oil, palm oil, etc.)... (approx. 80% of the time)
- Avoid *Isolated* Proteins (pea-protein isolate, etc.)... (approx. 90% of the time)
- Avoid Natural & Artificial Sweeteners... (approx. 96% of the time)

I Am:

- Caffeine-Free... (approx. 90% of the time)
- Dairy-Free... (100% of the time)
- Gluten-Free... (approx. 96% of the time)
- GMO-Free... (I try... it's hard to know... labeling in the U.S.A. isn't mandatory!)
- Soy-Free... (approx. 99% of the time)
- Vegan... (approx. 98% of the time)
...(mostly *whole* vegan foods 90% of that 98% of the time)

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Zidisha Lender since 2015-01-23.

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"Automatic Re-Lending" occurs sometimes, due to a technical glitch...
so, if you see any contributions to certain types of projects that you believe
I likely wouldn't choose to support, that most likely would be why.

However, there also have been a couple of times when I've accidentally made an error and helped to fund subsequent loans for two borrowers whom I had supported in the past, who used to be engaged in vegetable farming (which I support, especially if it's small-scale organic vegetable farming), but then they switched to a different type of business that I normally wouldn't support. Unfortunately, I hadn't read about that until after I already had clicked to help fund them again. Oops! We vote with our dollars, and there just are some types of projects that I consider to be cruel and/or bad for the environment and the health of life on the planet, so I definitely don't want to support
any of those projects by accident again, and will try not to!

My account is set *not* to show the projects I support... I realize, though, that you sometimes could see, elsewhere on the Zidisha website, some of the projects that
have been supported by my lending account.

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2015-03-26 through 2018-10-16:

Served as a Country Liaison and, after gaining some experience, also as a Team Lead
for the Country Liaison & Payment Teams for Burkina Faso, Guinea, Niger, Senegal,
and Zambia.

Some time ago, the Director found that the money-transfer partners (Ecobank branches) for Burkina Faso, Guinea, Niger, and Senegal weren't viable for Zidisha, any longer. Despite trying for a long time, she hasn't been able to find a replacement money-transfer partner in those countries, compatible with Zidisha's newer requirements. Therefore, Zidisha unfortunately isn't offering loans to anyone in those four Francophone countries, anymore.

See: www.zidisha.org/loan/market... [discussion#comment-663213] and: www.zidisha.org/forum-threa... [forum-thread/6069#comment-16498]

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Genetically a night owl, five to six afternoons/nights and thirty to sixty hours per week, worked online on financial tasks and in many other capacities for the community.

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2019-01-24:

Following the increased automation on the platform, there no longer are any teams of Country Liaisons (CLs) on Zidisha's Staff.

We former Team Leads (and Country Liaisons) (and other former Staff members) are provided with the ability to choose whether or not to post an entry on the "Alumni" page (with or without a photo), at any time.

If you see "Team Lead" and/or "Country Liaison" titles still posted for anyone anywhere in connection with Zidisha (or any titles other than the two remaining positions: "Director" and "CTO"), that just means those other individuals have not yet updated their profiles.**

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**Note that "Community Moderators" and "Volunteer Mentors" are *not* Staff positions; and those currently *are* active roles. Each "Community Moderator" (CM) can choose whether or not to display that designation publicly. The "Volunteer Mentor" (VM) designation always displays publicly.

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Edited: 2019-12-06, at 10:35 P.M., E.S.T.