Total loan: $2,350

Hawa's Female Traders Group

Makeni, Northern Province, Sierra Leone / Food

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A loan helped to buy organic rice from a local producer in Makeni, supporting sustainable local farmers while scaling up each members’ business.

Hawa's Female Traders Group's story

Hawa of Hawa's Female Traders Group would like to sincerely thank all the Kiva lenders for the group's first loan. It enabled them to break free from the local lenders who were charging them nearly 100% interest, and, as a result, all group members have fully recovered their businesses, have repaid their first loan and are successfully trading again after the devastation of Ebola.

Mountain Lion Agriculture recently posted an update on its website related to the success of this and other similar Kiva-supported trader groups:


The group is now seeking a smaller second loan to expand. In Sierra Leone, food access is an issue, and there has been huge demand for the locally grown rice Hawa's Female Traders Group is selling. With a second Kiva loan, group members will greatly increase their stock and distribution capabilities. The profits will be used to ensure all member's children go to school, and will also be used by the group to create a support fund for young female trader trainees.