Total loan: $2,350

Marie's Best Female Farmers Group

Kolisokoh 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.

Marie's Best Female Farmers Group's story

Marie T (1st on left), featured borrower of Marie's Best Female Farmers, is an experienced farmer and trader in Kolisokoh village, and has a large family of 7. She is a strong leader in the community, and regularly mentors youth on farming and business. Despite being one of the top-producing farmers in her village, Marie lost her business during the Ebola crisis. She refuses to give up despite losing a lifetime of work, and has organised a large group of other experienced women who also 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.