Mark is applying for a 1,000 BZD loan through Maya Mountain Cacao as a long term investment in a cacao seedlings nursery holding a thousand trees. He would eventually like to graft these trees to ensure that high-yielding, strong cacao varietals are growing in his community. His aim is to rely on his own work to support himself and his family.
About Maya Mountain CacaoMaya 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.
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