Thomas is an organic certified Maya Mountain Cacao farmer who lives in the beautiful village of San Pedro Columbia, in the Toledo District of Southern Belize. He started planting cacao trees in 1975 and currently has approximately 478 trees. Thomas sees cacao as a productive long term crop that will be beneficial for him and his family. He plans to secure a loan to do some cleaning on his farm, to continue expanding it and to build a nursery of his own.
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.