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Toribio
Toribio is 67 and lives with his wife, Mercedes, in the beautiful village of San Felipe in southern Belize. He started planting cacao with assistance from the local Ministry of Agriculture and now manages 6 acres with many mature cacao trees.

Toribio also runs a small grocery store and a private passenger bus that takes villagers to a nearby town. Mercedes particularly enjoys taking care of the farm and harvesting the cacao beans. Only a few miles from Maya Mountain Cacao, they are happy that they can sell their cocao on a larger scale.

With this loan, Toribio plans to hire people to help clean his six acres of land. As he continues to grow the farm, he hopes that his children will adopt farming and one day transfer the land to them.

Additional Information

About Maya Mountain Cacao

Maya Mountain Cacao (MMC) is a for-profit social enterprise that sources premium cacao beans from smallholder farmers in Belize. Founded in 2010, it generates income for marginalized farmers while promoting sustainable agricultural practices in the southern part of the country.

These cacao farmers use Kiva credit to invest in farm maintenance, improvement and expansion. For example, they might hire workers to help with the harvest or buy inputs such as better tools and seedlings.

About Belize

  • $8,800
    Average annual income
  • 0
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    Belize Loans Fundraising
  • $139,050
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.0
    Belize Dollars (BZD) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $525 helped Toribio to clean land in preparation to plant cacao trees.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Disbursed:
Jun 4, 2013
Listed
May 21, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Jul 17, 2014