Kiva Fellows 20th Class
RW
Rwanda
Mario Ariza spent his teenage years in Ghana and Egypt before returning to the United States to attend university in his home state of Virginia.  After a decade, he was eventually compelled to return to the developing world and took a job at an investment bank in Ghana, where he implemented a pension fund for fishermen.  Admittedly cynical of traditional aid models, he seeks market-based solutions to economic development, which is what attracted him to the Kiva Fellows Program.