Hi Everyone. This is a memorial fund for the sweet, wonderful, and amazing person Mariana Fraga or simply 'Mari'. She was an amazing person, a wonderful classmate, a great friend, a loving wife, and so many more great things. As you can see from the picture, she loved food as well as she loved life. I think more can be said here and I encourage all her friends and family to send their thoughts and memories to add here to show the world that Mariana was THE BEST person I ever knew. We will all miss her deeply, and hopefully her memory can live on strongly by using Kiva to give to others.
Mari loved Brazil and did a lot of translations for Mozambique so loans will be chosen to organizations/people there. She also was very thoughtful about gender equality, and I think any projects which help women achieve the equality they deserve would also be in the spirit of her will. Please, feel free to e-mail me kobrien at sfsu . edu and give suggestions for groups to donate to. I started the fund out with $25, but I will soon be adding more and I hope you find it in your hearts to give as well.
*Update: The fund is now made non-withdrawable status in the spirit of it being a memorial fund. Also, I have been asking Kiva to work harder on getting partners in Brazil, but it seems that it is going to take a bit of time (1 year+) so probably this fund will loan to Mozambique and other Latin American countries in the mean time. The loans will go predominantly to female entrepreneurs.
Asides from working and graduating with high honors from San Francisco State University, Mariana also volunteered as a translator at Kiva and has done hundreds of translations.
Here is a poem written by Mariana that her loving husband Joe shared with us:
I have this image in my head
This really perky girl
She is always smiling
"Yeah, I am good with anything"
She is patient and always answers even the most stupid questions
"I think if it's red you should not park there"
She always has a positive attitude
"But, hey, on the bright side..."
She doesn't mind if people misinterpret facts
"Well, that's not what I said, but I see why she would say that..."
She doesn't mind if everyone is late, or if they never come
"Oh, no worries, I know you guys are busy..."
She never speaks ill of anyone
"Well, you have to try to put yourself in her shoes..."
So I try to be that way.
But sometimes it's really fucking hard.