Cyrilo, aged 44, is a certified organic cacao farmer of MMC. He lives in the beautiful village of San Jose, Toledo. Cyrilo and his wife Catarina together raised their five children. His wife assists him with farming cacao; she enjoys harvesting and is also capable of grafting farm trees.
Cyrilo became a cacao farmer by following parental advice and guidance from other farmers. He enjoys doing cleaning and maintenance of this crop. He cultivates approximately five acres of cacao trees. Cyrilo also cultivates different types of farm crops such as corn, beans, rice and other vegetables for both sales and home use. Cacao has been a valuable crop, which brings additional income to the family he says.
Cyrilo is requesting this loan to hire workers to assist him in cleaning and under brushing his mature cacao trees. Due to his other farm crops and vegetables, he has limited time to clean, so with this help he will be able to carry out his farm duties.
In the future, he envisions planting more highly productive cacao trees. He will educate his children in becoming professional farmers.
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.