The Mobile Market and The Village Cooperative are businesses under the non-profit Thrive Belize.
Thrive Belize was founded by Ben and Alicia Dewbury in 2015 with the goal of supporting and uplifting families. While welcoming into their home many children of various ages through foster care, they created a network of families that would meet on a regular basis to support and encourage one another in the many struggles and joys that fostering brings. After a couple years of fostering Ben and Alicia saw the need to support parents and provide resources to help them to have the best chance possible of keeping their children.Out of this came The Village Cooperative with the goal to create jobs for men and women where they could receive a livable wage while receiving mentorship. The Village Cooperative began in 2018 as a bakery and meat shop that sold at the Blue Moon Farmers market with 2 employees. Gaining in popularity and the desire for it across the country, Mobile Market was launched in January 2020. As the need for a delivery service drastically increased with a country wide lockdown, the Mobile Market expanded its products to carry a variety of vegetables, meats, pantry foods and easy prep meals. Out of this also came the opportunity to support many other businesses in this slow economy. The Mobile Market now carries over 150 items from 16 different vendors while employing and supporting 8 people. The businesses have grown and evolved in beautiful ways while still remaining true to the root of what was started 5 years ago with Thrive Belize. All profits are put directly back into growing both businesses and in supporting the fostering network.