This theme has been inspired by “Living on One” documentary we watched one night. We were deeply touched and wanted to somehow contribute to the whole project. As theme developers we decided to develop a WordPress theme to help spread the word about it. This is a really special project for us and we built the demo site for the theme using real content that we hope will raise the awareness about the problems in Peña Blanca and spread the word about this great documentary. We would like to thank the Living on One team for allowing us use real photos (just for the website presentation) and info from their website. If this theme demo succeeds to motivate at least one person to contribute to this noble cause it would make us very happy.

There are many different everyday things for which one should be thankful. Simple things like food, clothing, education etc. Unfortunately, most people in developed countries take them for granted. But what if that weren’t so? What if those things were luxury? Are you finding it hard to imagine? Well, Chris and Zack, two similarly brought up young men, had that same problem, but decided to do something about it.

Alongside Sean and Ryan, their cameramen, they flew to Guatemala, to a small village of Peña Blanca to experience it first hand. Their mission was to try and live as poorly as possible for two whole months and as closely resembling the lives of the Indigenous people of the village. They started off optimistic about their endevour, rationalizing every expanse and balancing their daily income so as to survive the best they could. They even planted radishes on their little stretch of land to acclimatize themselves to the life in the village. It wasn’t long before their spirits started withering due to malnourishment and inadaptability. It wasn’t easy to simply switch their hectic daily routine to an inability to even play a fun game of soccer caused by the lack of food to sustain their energy.

Little by little, though, the four of them integrated themselves into the local environment learning and acquiring skills from the villagers in order to better manage their lives. Their primary source of nourishment comes from lard and some homemade tortillas. More than 2/3 of the children are uneducated due to a lack of sufficient funds. Eager to learn but unable to be taught, they take to farming and hard labour from as early as 12 years of age to help their families survive. Yet, one can’t even see traces of sadness or hardship in their eyes.


This is a incredible film about the courage & fight of the 4 college grads living on $1 a day for 56 days in Peña Blanca rural Guatemala. They sincerity and courage made an impact and helped people in Peña Blanca. Are you ready to make a difference? Please watch the movie, spread the word and get involved.


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Living On One’s Mission is to help bring an end to extreme poverty.
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About the Team

Living on One is a production and social impact studio that creates films and educational videos
to raise awareness and inspire action around pressing global issues.

Zach Ingrasci

Executive Director, Co-Founder
Zach’s journey to become a “disruptive storyteller” began while working for a small Mexican microfinance program. Ever since, he has continued to focus on the intersection of the creative arts, business and sustainable development. Zach’s work experience includes strategy consulting at Deloitte Consulting LLP as well as working for Freedom From Hunger on the ground in Ecuador. Please never ask Zach to sing.

Chris Temple

Executive Director, Co-Founder
Chris is an avid adventurer and big thinker. On a gap year from school, he worked for Grameen Trust to launch new microfinance organizations in New York, Mexico, Guatemala and Colombia before founding the student microfinance organization, MFI Connect. He has also worked at the advocacy and communications consulting firm, Global Health Strategies, and is now applying all his experiences to co-launch Living on One.

Sean Kusanagi

Director, Editor / Co-founder
Director and editor, Sean Kusanagi is fascinated by the fleetingness of one’s memory and the power of film to capture, document and inspire. Sean brings a powerful narrative and kinetic style to every film. He loves the balance between sound, visuals, and pacing that creates the harmony of an original story. Sean has done films for Workhouse Creative, Spot Welders, Living on One, and Seattle music duo, Odesza.

Hannah Gregg

Director, Colorist
As Co-Director of Living on One’s The Change Series and short film Rosa, Hannah brings a storytelling voice that connects with students and teachers alike. Her recent projects include work as a professional colorist and development of a documentary and movement empowering young women to pursue their career ambitions. Her favorite flowers are gladiolus. Just like her mother.

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