Ryan grew up in a small agricultural town in Northern California. He pursued his studies at UC Davis with a degree in agriculture development and a masters degree in agricultural business from California Polytechnic , San Luis Obispo. Through study abroad opportunities throughout school he was able to study in France, Germany, and Spain. Ryan’s passion for travel and agribusiness led him to work as a consultant in the food and agriculture sectors in China. His last posting was in Nanjing working on the management team of a private equity portfolio company. He is looking forward to applying his international management experience to his fellowship in Liberia.
Although coal sales isn't a glamorous business it is a profitable one. Jackie will go into the bush to buy bulk coal and resell it in consumer sized bags to her many customers. After opening a large bag of coal [...]
Comfort does it all: she sells food, dishes and used clothes. Her husband is a security guard and they pool their income to provide for their 4 children. All of the children old enough to attend school go to [...]
I had a wonderful meeting with Famata yesterday. She is the mother of two children who are now 5 and 2 years old. With her loan she was able to purchase more inventory for her business of selling dishes. She [...]
Salma is an international business woman. Although her modest mobile shop might not be the first thing that comes to mind when one things about they typical international business woman, Salma certainly is a [...]
Whew, what a relief it was to meet Theora during my kiva fellowship. She uses her loan to fund her business selling food and ice cold drinks in Liberia. After a long hot day I was very glad to see her offering [...]