Alanberto, age 28, is a cacao farmer who lives in the beautiful village of Silver Creek. He manages three acres with 1500 cacao trees. Alanberto together with his wife Lucina raised three children - all of whom are still living at home. His wife Lucina enjoys her time with the children at home and doing farm work.
Farming is the main income for Alanberto's family. Alanberto enjoys managing his farm. He stated that cacao farming is the best and would recommend other farmers to do the same. He sees the financial benefits that assist in his family daily needs. Pests such at ants and woodpeckers are affecting the ripe pods. Alanberto also plants a variety of farm crops, such as corn and rice.
Alanberto will use this loan to pay workers to assist him in cleaning and pruning his productive trees. He has outside employment in construction, which gives him limited time to manage his farm properly.
Alanberto’s future goal is to expand his farm with grafted cacao seedlings, quit his other job and focus on the farm. He hopes that his children will achieve a level of education to either become a farmer or have some professional job.
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.