Gregorio is a certified organic cacao farmer of Maya Mountain Cacao. He lives in the beautiful village of Santa Rosa along the southern highway. He is a father of 11 children. He currently has 4 acres of mature cacao trees producing 150-175 lbs. of cacao every two weeks. However, he has difficulty in cleaning his huge cacao patch; therefore, he is requesting a loan so that he could properly maintain it. He envisions, in the future, to expand more into the cacao business by planting more cacao trees for the benefit of the market and his family.
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.