Robertoage 25, a certified Organic cacao farmer of MMC. He lives in the beautiful village of San Jose, Toledo with his wife Darlina. They work together in the farm to produce cacao. They together are raising their two children who presently attending school.
He started his cacao farm by purchasing seeds from Toledo Cacao Grower’s Association. As a young farmer he sees that growing cacao can be beneficial and profitable therefore he works most of the time in his cacao farm. Aside from farming him also does construction work on a temporary basis so that he has sufficient income for his family. Roberto also cultivates different types of farm crops such as corn, beans, rice, and pumpkin seed. At this time of the year corn and bean are in production so he presently has limited time to attend to his cacao trees. He enjoys maintaining his farm but most of all picking and harvesting ripe pods.
Roberto is requesting for this loan to hire worker to assist him in cleaning his Acre of mature cacao trees. He will also be able to pay worker to assist in cutting trails for expanding and planting younger cacao trees
His future envisions expanding more into cacao farming as well as other farm crops. he want to see a brighter future and his children get some level of education and become someone professional..
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.