Total loan: $3,200

Fatmata D's Female Farmers Group

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Gbenikoro Village, , Sierra Leone / Agriculture

Fatmata D's Female Farmers Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

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

Fatmata D's Female Farmers Group's story

Fatmata D (first from right) is a Master Farmer in Gbenikoro Village and supports a large family of seven. She is a seasoned farmer who also helps lead women's initiatives, with the support of her uncle who is the village chief. Despite her best efforts, Fatmata lost her farming business during the Ebola crisis as did many members of the Gbenikoro community. She refuses to give up despite losing a lifetime of work, and organized a large group of other women who similarly had prospered before the crisis, lost everything but now will not give up.

All members are currently trapped in a cycle of subsistence and take extremely high-interest loans for poor quality inputs during planting time. A Kiva loan will instead enable this group of determined women to get back on their feet and back in business.