MMC is making strides in organizational development, and this week organized an all-day all-staff retreat to take on a Process Quality Assessment (PQM) exercise, also known as Mission Driven Priorities (MDP).
Follow the link to our newsletter for stories from the Agora Partnerships Entrepreneur Retreat 2013 and the Fine Chocolate Industry Association Winter event; info on a new bar with MMC beans; latest “meet the staff” entry and more!
What a match! Interview with Emily Stone of Maya Mountain Cacao and Emily Stone of Chocolate in Context by Alex Whitmore of Taza Chocolate.
Want to know what we’ve been up to in 2013? Interested in cacao genetics? Want to know more about our Kiva loans program? Want to meet our newest employee? It’s all up on our newsletter, dive in!
Our Kiva loans were just published online! See longer post below for more information. We are so excited to share the stories of some of our farmers with you and give you an opportunity to invest in their success. Through clicking on the link, you will see profiles of various farmers and descriptions of why they are requesting financial assistance. Then you can invest as little as $25 in a farmer, who will pay you back (through MMC and Kiva), and you can then reinvest in more farmers! Sounds addictive…
Thanks for your generosity in helping smallholder farmers this holiday season.
PS: Kiva gift cards are a great holiday treat!
New season gains speed at MMC
As the New Year approaches the MMC team is gearing up for the harvest season to reach full swing in the Toledo district. At the Cacao House we are preparing for the season to pick-up and have been experimenting with our processes in order to produce the highest quality beans from the 2013 harvest. Maintaining quality, efficiency and transparency in every step that contributes to MMC’s superb beans is increasingly important to us and our consumers and has been our guiding light in efforts to refine our process.
MMC Goes Kiva
Alfonso Pau of San Pedro Columbia has a wife, eight children and 15 years of farming experience under his belt. A member of Maya Mountain Cacao, Alfonso has been selling us cacao from his three-acre farm since our inception in 2010. Besides other services like harvesting tools and technical assistance with nursery set-up, Alfonso is interested in a small loan to prepare for the approaching harvest season, namely with extra hands with transplanting cacao seedlings as well as cleaning and pruning to increase yields. We are happy to have Kiva here to help!
Check out MMC’s Emily Stone and Gabriel Pop talk agroforestry, jobs, Direct Trade and more on Belize’s PGTV’s Developing Toledo!
Well-timed with the launch of the 2012-2013 cacao harvest season, Maya Mountain Cacao was featured in Belize’s Amandala newspaper last week.
Read more here: http://amandala.com.bz/news/toledo-ready-cacao-season-50-growth-forecast/