Leticia, age 28, is a new cacao farmer of MMC. She lives in the beautiful village of San Jose. San Jose is one of the remote villages in Belize. Leticia, together with her husband, is raising their three children.
Leticia got inspired of planting and starting her own cacao farm with the assistance of a nursery by Maya Mountain Cacao. She saw other farmers who sell the product and receive income; she also saw the need to start a farm for the family to benefit. Her husband is presently employed and doesn’t have time to attend to the farming; most of her farming production is conducted by her. Cacao is a good crop, she says laughingly.
Leticia is requesting this assistance in assisting her to underbrush her farmland to prepare for planting 500 seedlings.
She envisions herself and her family to expand more into permanent crops such as cacao with intercropping techniques. Her future goal is to raise her children to become well educated and also become 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.