Ryan grew up in San Rafael, California. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies and a Minor in Global Peace and Security. Ryan has traveled to over 30 countries around the world including Liberia, where he filmed his second short documentary film Eco Snapshot: Liberia. In combination with making social and environmental documentary films, Ryan founded a freelance video production company making various videos for companies throughout the Bay Area. Ryan has had a passion for Kiva ever since his wife Karen was selected to be a Kiva Fellow at the end of 2009.

Kiva Blog Updates

Mar 1, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
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In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, will you join us in rallying to support the dreams of 10,000 women by backing their loans? To kick off this celebration, spread some inspiration by watching and sharing this video marking International Women’s Day.

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Nov 19, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
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Flordelisa is a hard working woman in the Philippines who puts her children above all. Before she took out her first Kiva loan, the family relied on her husband’s salary as a boatman. Now, Flordelisa owns 3 fishing boats and employs 5 people. Her ambition and grit allowed her to build a family fishing business and send her children to school.

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Jun 23, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
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Kiva started with a radical idea twelve years ago. Would people lend small amounts of money to complete strangers on the other side of the world to help alleviate poverty? Today it’s not just a crazy idea. It’s happening and transforming lives. 

The Kiva community just surpassed crowdfunding $1 BILLION in dreams, creating #1BillionInChange for people around the world!...

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Mar 1, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
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With all the news headlines, it’s hard to know how any one of us can make a difference, but across the globe, women are taking a stand and making a change, and right now there is a way that individuals can take action and improve the lives of thousands of women.

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Dec 18, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
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At Kiva, we’re lucky to be surrounded by sources of inspiration and hope every day.

Borrowers like Betty, a mother and entrepreneur in the Philippines, demonstrate the resilience of the human spirit and inspire us to keep going even when things get tough. When a storm hit Betty’s village and destroyed her fishing boats, strangers from around the world rallied to help her family...

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Nov 16, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
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We at Kiva have a lot to be thankful for this year – but most of all, we want to thank you for all you do to make spirits bright around the world every day.

Thank you for creating opportunity for entrepreneurs who might not otherwise be able to pursue their dreams and improve their lives. And thank you for being a beacon of compassion in a sometimes overwhelming world, proving...

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Sep 15, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
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A loan of $575 helped Sunaphula purchase two cows for her dairy farm. Thanks to lenders like you, it's been possible for Sunaphula to earn a living by selling the milk produced by the cows. 

Food brings us together as a human family across all cultures – and most of the world’s food still comes from small-scale farms and other small businesses. 

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Jun 8, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
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This is what 10 years of people believing in each other's dreams looks like! More than 1.8 million people around the world have made a loan on Kiva to help someone start or grow a business, go to school or support their family.

By working together, each of us can be the spark that changes the world!

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Jun 1, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
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Did you know there are millions of people who have never even heard of Kiva? We need your help to reach them and show them how easy it is to change a life with a loan.

Please share this new inspiring video that's perfect for introducing new people to Kiva.

Thanks for everything you do to support Kiva and borrowers around the world!

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