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.
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.