Mar 16, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
By Crystal Chandy
Meet Shawn, making life in Oakland sweeter — one dessert at a time

Support Shawn and other small business owners in Oakland, as Oakland becomes an official Kiva city on March 16, 2016. By lending as little as $25 to local small businesses you take an active role in choosing the shape of Oakland's future, strengthening our community and creating jobs.

After working as a successful account manager in the office furniture industry, Shawn decided he needed to do something that truly “fed his soul.” From a very early age, he had been interested in food, especially desserts. Desserts had always taken center stage at his family’s parties when he was growing up. Shawn’s mother had supported this interest by encouraging him to get his hands into ingredients and transform them into sweet creations.

Read Shawn's inspiring story at Kiva's Medium page.

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Crystal holds a BSc in Finance and Marketing from New York University and recently obtained her Master’s from the London School of Economics and National University of Singapore.  She spent six years in project and financial management in the private sector. She then spent time teaching English in Chile and building shallow irrigation wells in Malawi. Crystal is excited to intern with Kiva and apply her background and skills to affecting positive change. She also enjoys traveling, hiking and great meals.

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