Kiva Fellows 20th Class
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.