Johnathan is a new member of Maya Mountain Cacao. He is a teacher who lives with his wife and newborn child in a beautiful village in southern Belize. He is excited about the cacao industry and wants to get involved in farming because he knows it will be a reliable long-term investment for his family. He is applying for a loan so that he can develop his land into a productive cacao farm, and participate in the benefits of the growing cacao industry. He plans to use the loan to grow 1200 seedlings, plant cacao, and then work hard to maintain it. He is excited to watch his cacao produce fruit, and will use the resources generated from his labor to educate his child.
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.