Total loan: $3,125

Nakama Lady Farmers' Group

Gbombsamba, , Sierra Leone / Agriculture

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A loan helped to pay for improved seed, organic inputs and tractor rental which will allow these farmers to escape subsistence by farming a larger area with a higher yield.

Nakama Lady Farmers' Group's story

The Nakama Lady Farmers are an all-female group of hard-working rice farmers who lost their businesses during Sierra Leone's recent Ebola Crisis. While international coverage of Sierra Leone's Ebola Crisis and acute danger have faded, the stark economic damage done is still creating enormous challenges for survivors. The agriculture economy contracted by 30% and the Nakama Lady Farmers were unable to farm for two seasons as Gbomsamba was one of the worst-hit towns in the district and remained under quarantine throughout the crisis. Led by an outstanding entrepreneur, Nakama K (second picture), the Nakama Lady Farmers have tried to recover but are trapped in a cycle of subsistence where they have no option but to take extremely high-interest loans for poor quality inputs during planting time. A low interest KIVA loan will enable this exceptional group of women to get back on their feet and back in business. In addition to KIVA loan funds, Field Partner Mountain Lion Agriculture (mlbr.org) will also support these farmers with technical advice, equipment rental and market access. With this powerful mix of capital and support, each farmer’s annual net income should grow – organically and sustainably – by at least 250%, while growing a much needed staple food (rice) during a time of great food insecurity in Sierra Leone.