Barromeo, age 26, is a cacao farmer from the beautiful village of San Jose. The village is located in the rural areas of Toledo District with no access to electricity. Barromeo and his wife, Josepha, together raise their two children that are currently living at home and going to school. Josepha spends most of her time with the kids and doing crafts.
Barromeo got inspired to grow cacao from the advice of his neighbors. He was also raised as a farmer growing numerous varieties of farm crops. He is happy with MMC for purchasing cacao beans from his farm. Fermentation has been a challenge he stated. Josepha says she loves harvesting and selling. Despite the fact that Barromeo faces challenges, he is happy and will expand his cacao farm.
Barromeo is requesting this loan to pay a helper to clean the area around his seedlings and his 1000 productive trees. He has other employment, which gives him less time to focus on the farm.
Baromeo says with this loan assistance he will be able to meet his goal. In the future, he will quit his other job and focus on the farm. He hopes that his children will get educated and get some sort of professional jobs or become a farmer.
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.