Theresa is a new farmer who lives in the beautiful village of Indian Creek, in the Toledo district of southern Belize. She was inspired by other farmers who have benefited from the blossoming cacao industry in the area and is excited to join the farming world. As a housewife, she is currently unemployed and is eager to begin farming to become more self-sustaining. Theresa has four children and would like to send her kids to school using the revenue she generates from planting and selling cacao.
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.