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Manuel is a certified, organic, Maya Mountain cacao farmer who lives in the beautiful village of Red Bank, in the Stann Creek district of southern Belize. He sees cacao farming as a beneficial long-term investment for himself and his family. Manuel believes that cacao is a sustainable agricultural crop, that is both good for the environment, and will help develop his local community.Presently he manages his 2 acres productive mature cacao tress. He also cultivates different types of crops.

Manuel is requesting this loan assistance in hiring workers to properly clean his cacao trees. His future goal is to educate his children and improve his family’s lifestyle.

Additional Information

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.

About Belize

  • $8,400
    Average annual income
  • 0
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    Belize Loans Fundraising
  • $139,050
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.0
    Belize Dollars (BZD) = $1 USD
Paying Back

This loan has been fully funded!

A loan of $350 helped Manuel to clean his 800 cacao trees.
37% repaid
Repayment Term
26 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 28, 2014
May 28, 2014
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