Author: Whitney Hales

Back in the US of A

Back in the US of A

Participating in the Frontier Market Scouts Program was truly one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had at the Monterey Institute so far! The training was practical and insightful and Maya Mountain Cacao was an ideal placement for me to learn and contribute. The company is a perfect example of a triple bottom-line enterprise making […]

 

The summer is flying by!

The summer is flying by!

So much has happened since my last post.  Beyond working hard in the office and being moments away from publishing the 2013 Impact Report, highlights over the last few weeks include: spending a weekend in Placencia enjoying the sand, the sea, and the gelato; a great day in the field with MMC’s Kiva Coordinator collecting […]

 

El fin de semana en Guatemala

El fin de semana en Guatemala

By 2:00 pm on Thursday, I was snug on a James Bus next to a woman and her two babies heading towards Belize City.  There was no express bus that afternoon so we were in for a long ride.  Traveling north along the only paved high way in Toledo, we stopped frequently to pick up […]

 

Field Day II

Field Day II

Today was an absolutely fantastic day! It was our second day out in the field and this time we went with Emiterio to the village of San Jose, one of our largest areas for sourcing cacao and one of the most remote.  The whole village is set far back from the main highway and this […]

 

Week two: Excursion to Blue Creek Cave

Week two: Excursion to Blue Creek Cave

A couple of things to note:  In town, there are no speed bumps rather there are “pedestrian walk ways”, essentially raised crosswalks, though they serve no real purpose for instructing people as to where to cross the street.  Chains on gates: they are never actually locked. They are simply wrapped tightly to appear secure.  Also, […]

 

Field Day

Field Day

I woke up with the sun as it broke through the ritual thunderstorm on Wednesday. It had been raining since about 11pm and now it was just after 5:00. We were getting an early start to catch the 6:00 bus out to the field to spend the day gaining a better understanding of the activities […]

 

Week 1

Week 1

Here at MMC I am tasked with helping to design a hybrid business model and transitioning MMC from a for-profit company to a hybrid company with both a foundation and a for-profit entity.  I am also working to help finish the 2013 Impact report to highlight the great strides accomplished by the MMC team throughout […]

 

Settling in…

Settling in…

Did I mention I was the only one on my plane from Belize City to Punta Gorda? I rode co-pilot, which made for a pretty great view! The night I arrived we had a pretty fantastic meal at Asha’s Cultural Kitchen right on the water.  On Wednesday, I was introduced to the office and began […]

 
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