Abelino is a young cacao farmer from the beautiful village of Red Bank. He is a father of two children, both not of school age. He started cacao farming by purchasing seedlings and building his own nursery. Now he maintains an acre of cacao trees that are five years old. He intends to get a loan so that he can continue to expand it and further give it proper maintenance. His future intentions are to send his children to school to become better educated.
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.