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.
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.