Paul is 32 years old and resides in the village of San Jose, Toledo. He lives with his wife, Diana, and two children; the older one is 6 years old and the younger is 3 years old.
He intends to cultivate approximately 5 acres of land and plant 2,000 cacao trees. He became interested in cacao farming because he foresees it as a profitable crop and a good source of income for his family. He also mentioned that this kind of crop is permanent and easier to work on. He plans to acquire this loan so that he can hire workers to assist him in the clearing of his land.
He plans to became acquainted with the skill of grafting; therefore, he intends to enhance the growth of his plants so that he can begin producing cacao earlier. His hope is that his children become educated and he continues to work tirelessly in expanding his farm.
Paul is requesting this loan to start up his nursery for 2,000 grafting cacao seedling to develop his 5-acre parcel.
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.