Until the security situation stabilizes in Burkina Faso, we encourage our members and volunteers there to stay at home or in a safe place and avoid unnecessary travel. In particular, nobody should put himself at risk in order to deposit a loan repayment, use a cybercafe to interact with our website, or do other Zidisha business. We advise members whose loan repayments have fallen due to do the following: Keep the repayment with you at home. Only when the banks reopen and it is completely safe, deposit the repayment. If your repayment's due date is between October 20 and November 8, and you deposit the repayment on or before next Friday, November 8, then it will be counted as an on-time repayment in your repayment record. (If the security situation does not improve by November 8, we will post another announcement here to extend that date.) Similarly, members who have funded loans are advised to wait until the situation is safe to pick up their disbursements. We will not cancel any loans whose disbursements are not picked up during this time. We were glad to learn that Mien, who has been serving as our volunteer Client Relationship Manager in Burkina Faso for over two years, is well and safe.