Thomas, age 58, is a certified organic farmer in the beautiful village of San Pedro Columbia. Thomas together with his wife Maria raised nine children, one still living at home. His wife Maria spends most of her time at home. Maria enjoys harvesting cacao with her husband.
Thomas’ decision to grow cacao was his own idea and initiative, he got seedlings from his neighbors and started to plant cacao. The cacao drink, being a drink of the Gods, Thomas decided to follow his ancestor’s love of the cacao drink and plant cacao. Thomas also cultivates a variety of farm crops such as corn, beans, mango, avocado etc… he enjoys farming and especially now that he sees the financial benefits from cacao production. Thomas stated that his farm requires cleaning so that it can be ready for the next upcoming crop season. He faces a challenge with pest and disease such as monillia and blockpod.
Thomas is requesting this loan to pay helpers to assist him in general cleaning and pruning of trees affected by the monilia fungus.
His future goals are to focus on farm management and increase his financial income. Thomas and his wife live happily on the farm and will later transfer the farm to his children when he sees the need.
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.