Verido, age 56, is an organic cacao farmer; he lives in the beautiful village of Santa Cruz. Verido, along with his wife Hilaria, raised his nine children. Most of his children are living out and have their own family. Hilaria spends most of her time on the farm.
Verido got inspired planting cacao from his fellow farmers. He was motivated by the outcome of the cash in hand when Maya Mountain Cacao Staff purchase freshly harvested cacao from the farm to the scale. Verido also cultivates different types of cash crops. He presently lives on his farm with his wife and two daughters.
Verido is requesting this loan to hire workers to properly clean his farm. For him to get high yields his farm requires maintenance. He insists that it needs proper care and maintenance, so he is planning to hire workers to assist him in clearing out the underbrush below his trees.
He further envisions having a larger farm than he has now and to allow his daughter to manage it in the future. He also plans on sending his children to become educated and get professional jobs.
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.