Last updated December 18, 2012

Partner Description:

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 region.

Belize is one of the seven Caribbean countries that produces premium cacao beans, and they are highly valued for their quality and superb flavor. The country has a population of over 350,000 people of different ethnic backgrounds, but MMC works primarily with smallholder K’ekchi and Mopan Maya farming families that grow cacao in the jungle foothills of the Maya Mountain range in the Toledo District of Belize.

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K’ekchi and Mopan Maya farmers who produce premium cacao beans.

The Maya consistently have the highest poverty rate, the highest unemployment and the lowest average income of any ethnic group in Belize. And MMC is the only enterprise that exports cacao beans grown in the Toledo District to the U.S. chocolate market.

Kiva financing will enable MMC to meet demand for pre-harvest financing for its farmers. The organization will provide microloans between $250 and $1,000 to help farmers buy better tools, invest in farm maintenance, and expand their land to increase their cacao yields.

A unique lending approach

MMC supports farmers by providing affordable seedlings, technical assistance, centralized fermentation equipment, organic certification and stable local and international demand. By selling their cacao as fresh fruit to MMC, farmers are only responsible for producing and harvesting their crops. This gives Maya farmers an opportunity to focus time on increasing their family’s production to a volume that brings in sustainable income.

MMC pays farmers a guaranteed fair and stable price for their cacao -- with a price floor that is above the Fair Trade premium. It does this by connecting them to chocolate companies that deeply value the work and traditions of cacao farmers. By renewing the cacao industry and providing alternatives to traditional slash-and-burn farming, it’s lifting entire villages out of poverty and preventing irreversible damage to the tropical habitat.

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A Maya Mountain Cacao farmer demonstrates how cacao dries on solar dryers at the central processing house.

Maya Mountain Cacao joined Kiva through our Experimental Partnership Program, and has therefore received a lighter level of due diligence. Accordingly, loans associated with this partner carry a higher level of risk than typical Kiva loans.

Images courtesy of MMC.

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Dec 20, 2012 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $106,950 $572,734,750
Amount of raised Inactive loans $20,725 $309,625
Number of raised Inactive loans 15 297
Amount of Paying Back Loans $62,425 $117,225,675
Number of Paying Back Loans 75 123,043
Amount of Ended Loans $23,800 $455,199,450
Number of Ended Loans 68 579,866
Delinquency Rate 0.00% 3.64%
Amount in Arrears $0 $2,779,164
Outstanding Portfolio $57,981 $76,342,031
Number of loanDelinquent 0 11,617
Default Rate 2.21% 1.08%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $525 $4,922,248
Amount of Ended Loans $23,800 $455,199,450
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 1 15,204
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.00% 0.07%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $0 $405,498
Refund Rate 1.71% 0.78%
Amount of Refunded Loans $1,825 $4,475,600
Number of Refunded Loans 5 5,003

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 8.48% 74.23%
Average Loan Size $667 $418
Average Individual Loan Size $667 $657
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,823
Average number of borrowers per group 0 8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $8,400 $3,443
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 7.94% 12.15%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 0.37 days 5.49 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $1,800.44 $76.15
  Average Loan Term 31.43 months 10.23 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 8 285,900
  Journaling Rate 9.84% 42.45%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.08
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 1.94

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2011 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Portfolio Yield N/A N/A 33.65%
  Profitability (return on assets) N/A N/A -1.29%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A N/A 41.84%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Anna Cho
Maya Granit
Elma Paulauskaite
Marion Ramirez
Emily Stone