Hi folks, and thank you Gecko_girl for answering this question.
Unfortunately I am still at a loss as to how to electronically transfer money to Belize so that someone there can actually get access to cash. Please allow me to explain my scenario, and I will really appreciate your advice from you based on your no doubt great local knowledge about such issues.
I am a co-founder of Arribaa.com
which is a global community marketplace where adventurous travelers discover and book unique experiences offered by interesting locals. We have a personal connection to an exceptional Belizian man in Toledo district from our travels there last year. We would love to give him the opportunity to become a Local Experience Host on our website and receive bookings from tourists heading to his local region looking to be hosted/guided by him.
Our business is based in Australia and we currently receive bookings and full up-front booking payments via PayPal. We would like to be able to send money to our Belizian local host directly but also allow him to use this money as cash. While he would be able to open a PayPal account and receive funds, it is my understanding that at this time there is no actual way to turn that money into Belizian cash. In other words, he can only spend that money online...which for most local purchases is totally useless to him. Especially since his family is not well off and the money would be used for everyday purchases like food, clothes, and etc.
I know that there are other options available, but nothing short of a $20 AUD Bank Wire Transfer for any amount of money. This defeats the purpose of what we are doing.
Are there any good or viable options for sending electronic funds that can be received by a Belizian local and withdrawn as cash?
Thanks so much for your time. Wishing you all the best, love and warmth for all you lovely people in Ambergis Caye! Love from Australia and thanks for running this forum.