Alicia, age 47, is a certified organic cacao farmer of MMC. She lives in the beautiful village of San Jose. Alicia, together with her husband, manages and cultivates 1 acre of mature productive cacao trees. Together, they also raised their ten children, of whom five still live with them.
Alicia encourages her husband in planting cacao trees with the inspiration of seeing other farmers benefiting both as to the market level and for household supplies. She states that farming is the best because it enables them to have food for both market and home use. As an entrepreneur, she sells crafts both locally and internationally. Her older children, who presently hold employment, assisted her in developing their farm and livelihoods. Alicia and her husband also cultivate different types of crops. She said farming is not hard but it does require cleaning, and she manages the harvesting and selling of the crops.
Alicia is requesting this loan to hire workers to assist her in transplanting 250 new cacao seedlings and also cleaning the mature cacao trees
In the future, Alicia envisions herself and her husband expanding their cacao farming to fund their children's education and become someone in a profession.
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.