You Received The June Box of Goodies
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Frank Tzib - Maya Artist
PRODUCT: Maya Clay Mug
Cotton Tree Chocolate
PRODUCT: Dark Chocolate
Cotton Tree Chocolate is a unique small-batch bean to bar chocolate company located in Putna Gorda, Belize. More than just single origin, each batch of Cotton Tree Chocolate starts with cocoa beans from a single day’s harvest from a single farmer. We work with local farmers towards environmental, economic, and social sustainability. We exclusively use cocoa beans grown by our location in Punta Gorda Town in the Toledo District of southern Belize.
PRODUCT: Cocoa Nibs
OWNER: Zoila and Roger Hale
In 2013 Zoila and Roger Hale had a dream of starting a chocolate company. They were unsure of the concept or even where to start but began doing research in the beautiful country of Belize. They visited the beautiful cacao farms in the rainforest and were so mesmerized at the sight, which pulled them deeper into the dream of having a 100% organic all-natural chocolate and cacao product company. They started developing relationships with the local cocoa farmers who graciously opened their homes. They decided to use exclusively Maya workers and process as much as possible by hand. After all, it’s the Mayas who are known for chocolate and have passed down the art of chocolate making over thousands of years. Their goal is to teach people how to make their own high quality chocolate from the hand roasted organic fair trade cacao nibs.
PRODUCT: Dark Chocolate
OWNER: Deon Chavarria
Moho Chocolate is a tree to bar chocolate company, selling chocolate made from cacao grown on our own farm in the Toledo District of Belize. They ferment and dry their beans in small batches and continue the process with small-batch roasting, grinding, and refining into the chocolate you know and love. Their dark chocolate is made from two ingredients: cocoa beans and sugar. It doesn’t get much purer than that!
The Moho Chocolate Factory and Cafe is located in the Fort Street Tourism Village in Belize City and offers tours and ‘make your own bar’ workshop for tourists.
PRODUCT: Whole Coffee Beans
OWNER: James Mesh
Organically grown on the foothills of the Maya Mountain Range in western Belize in the village of San Antonio, Cayo District. Oxmul Coffee derived from the original name of San Antonio in Yucatec Maya known as Oxmul Kah. James Mesh and family Maya Descendants who still speak the Yucatec Maya language decided to name their coffee brand Oxmul Coffee as to keep the original name of San Antonio for Generations to come and to produce organically Grown Coffee.
Lemon Crush Belize
PRODUCT: Body Whip
OWNER: Lara Goldman of 12 Belize
Freedom House Rehabilitation Center
PRODUCT: Wooden Butterfly Keychain
Freedom House is in Roaring Creek in the Cayo District of Belize. It is a place where ex-felons and those with addiction issues can find healing and hope. It is a program that assist individuals with their re-entry into society following incarceration or substance abuse. To cover expences of the center, the residents create art, paint signs, and do construction projects. The keychains were created by Elijah is a long time resident of the center who now mentors others, help run operations, and create paintings and art.
Mullins Creek Ginger
PRODUCT: Crystalized Ginger
OWNER: Sharon Pollard
Granny Ivy's Herbal Soaps
PRODUCT: Honey Oatmeal Soap
OWNER: Rose Parks
At Granny Ivy’s Herbal Soaps they are committed to making and supplying 100% Handmade, All Natural, Plant based cold process soaps that are known to have many benefits for skin. They produce many different types of natural soaps that all have their own caring properties to help your skin flourish, such as hibiscus, neem, charcoal, and cinnamon, just to name a few. Being inspired by her mom, Rose started this small business in 2020 from the knowledge she had gained about herbs and how they can be used for healing and skincare. This business is located in Dangriga, Belize, where we make and market our handmade and nicely crafted soaps.
PRODUCT: Hot Pepper Sauce
Nature's Homemade Belize
PRODUCT: Mango Jam
OWNER: Christian Windsor
Nature’s Homemade Belize was created purely from the joys of preserving fruits and then being able to enjoy them all year round. Christian Windsor, the creator and founder, due to living in the country side of San Ignacio has always enjoyed the outdoors and her kitchen. Picking fresh fruits, converting them into special treats, and sharing with family and friends has always given her so much pride and joy. Having a family of great cooks, (mother and several aunts) she easily became fascinated with cooking as an art! Now with a decade experience and the confidence in making jams and jellies, Nature’s Homemade was born! During the pandemic of 2020, realizing how important preservation of food was, and how it helped to motivate others in creating their own identity, Christian decided to start her small business! It has been a true delight to many who have tasted these delicious preserves and it is the constant support of her clients that have helped this small business steadily grow. Nature’s Homemade now has over 20 flavors of and the diversity keeps growing! As there are dreams and goals on the horizon, Nature’s Homemade is truly hoping to grow into something better for Belize!
PRODUCT: Island Gyal Spice
OWNER: Kieron Lennan
Kruffy Chicken is an artisan meat company in Belize, offering a wholesome, easy-to-prepare, and delicious meat option for you and your family. We sell many different types of seasonings and also pre-seasoned meats. This business idea came about after realizing that in many Belizean households, both parents are either busy or away from home for most of the day, so having pre-seasoned and ready to prepare meats would be a much easier option. Growing up, we were taught not to litter and keep our environment healthy, which is why all of our packaging for our products are ecofriendly and our chickens are raised locally by us. We encourage Belizeans to start supporting local business, farmers, markets, fishermen, makers, and packaging solutions that share your values and care for BELIZE, and in the process we can create a better tomorrow, together.
Farah's Feminine Fashions
PRODUCT: Reusable Bag
OWNER: Farah Diva Ken
I live in Belmopan City and sewing has been my passion since I was a teenager. Now I made it my responsibility to study and learn the trade. Approximately after 16 years of working as a Customer Service representative at the Belize Telecommunications Company, sewing was still my favorite hobby. After retirement, I decided to teach sewing at the YWCA in Belmopan, but unfortunately COVID19 sent me home. From there, I decided to keep more busy than ever sewing MASKS! Masks became a high demand so I worked day and night producing masks of different designs , keeping in mind that I must make them safe for protection so I added the designed fabric in front, the filter inside and cotton fabric to touch your skin. Now I have decided to produce other sewing projects such as bags, totes, wristlets, pouches, masks, crossbags, scrunchies, headbands and any other project that can be done with a sewing machine and fabric. Also. I work hard to ensure that all my products are Eco friendly.
PRODUCT: Pepitos (roast pumpkin seeds)
OWNER: Oscar Barrera
Oscar Barrera is from the Orange Walk Town District Belize. He grew up selling pepitos (pumpkin seeds) from the age of eight to twenty-one. He then traveled to the US back and forth for seven years. Twelve years ago, he decided to venture into his pepitos business again and to his surprise, it went well. He then decided to invest time, care, and love into his product to make sure that his customers receive a fresh, clean, and tasty product. After getting the raw product from our local farmers, he makes sure it’s all handpicked and washed before going into the roasting machines that he designed. Oscar’s product now sells throughout the entire Country of Belize including The Cayes… “God has been Faithful to me, my family, and business. Thank You for your patronage.” – Oscar
PRODUCT: Plantain Chips
OWNER: Emanuel & Vivianna Salazar