SANTA MARÍA CAHABÓN
Perched on a mountaintop overlooking the extensive jungled hills of the Cahabón region
The Association of Integrated Development “OX EEK” Santa Maria Cahabón (ADIOESMAC), founded in 2004, cultivates and sells cacao, cardamom, cinnamon, and chili peppers. The association processes cacao using cascading wooden fermentation boxes and a combination of greenhouse dryers, raised bamboo decks, and drying patios.
The association has continued to plant more cacao every year, mostly of reforesting areas of “milpa” or corn and bean production, and children of the association members are starting to take over cacao production and processing for their parents.
Average annual revenue per farmer from cacao sold into the UC Network
Average farm size in hectares
Average sales per farmer in wet kilos
Cacao is centrally fermented on a moutaintop overlooking the Cahabón region