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Javier

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Comalcalco, Tabasco, Tab., Mexico / Agriculture

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A loan helped to prepare his cocoa plantation for the last productive season of the year.


Javier's story

Javier is a 46-year-old cocoa producer from Comalcalco, Tabasco. He’s part of a group of about 800 cocoa producers in the region that sell their product to a company called Maxiterra. Maxiterra is a firm that specializes in giving training to small fruit-and-vegetable producers to increase their productivity and the quality of their product without disregarding the environment. Maxiterra then buys their product at higher prices than the market.

Cocoa plantations provide important vegetation for biological corridors, where flora and fauna thrive. They are also extremely vulnerable. According to Mexico’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, cocoa plantations in Comalcalco are classified as high environmental fragility zones, especially due to the oil production in the region.

Javier asks for a loan to buy inputs and pay laborers to maintain and prepare his lands for the last productive season of the year, which begins in October and ends in December. With this loan, Javier will be able to continue his production of cocoa, which he sells to Maxiterra at good prices, so that he can keep providing this income for himself and his family. Also, while he keeps taking good care of his cocoa plantation, it’ll provide an important service for the environment of southeast Mexico.