Total loan: $2,975
Samba's Survivors Group
Gbenikoro Village, , 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.
Samba's Survivors Group's story
Samba M (1st from right, sitting) is a mother of seven who has risen to be one of the most respected elders and "Master Farmers" in her village of Gbenikoro. Samba believes farming can and should be a good business for women, but like many in her village she lost everything during the recent Ebola crisis that saw two seasons of farming lost due to quarantines. Now Samba is again rising the challenge and has created a group of 14 outstanding female farmers who all lost their businesses - and in many cases, family members - during the Ebola Crisis. Like Samba, all members are currently trapped in a cycle of subsistence and take extremely high-interest loans for poor quality inputs during planting time. A low interest KIVA loan will therefore enable this group of determined women to get back on their feet and back in business.