Ernesto is a young cacao farmer and also a member of the Belize Army Force, living in the beautiful village of San Jose, Toledo. He is a father of two children and currently owns 2.5 acres of cacao trees that are 10 years of age. He started cacao farming because he got inspired by seeing his dad selling and owning such a productive crop. He also cultivates ground food such as cassava, corn, etc. Due to his hectic work schedule and time for his family, he requires extra labor and therefore is requesting a loan to assist him in cleaning his farm.
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.