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Total loan: $1,975

Mariatu's Best Female Farmers Group

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Gbombsamba, , Sierra Leone / Agriculture

Mariatu's Best 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 to escape subsistence by farming a larger area with a higher yield.

Mariatu's Best Female Farmers Group's story

Mariatu (first on left), the featured borrower of Mariatu's Best Female Farmers Group, is an experienced female leader of farmers in the village of Gbombsamba. She has a large family of nine. She is a seasoned farmer who lost her business during the Ebola crisis as well as several extended family members.

She refuses to give up despite losing a lifetime of work. She 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 no-interest Kiva loan will therefore enable this group of determined women to get back on their feet and back in business.