Total loan: $2,650

Fatmata's Farmers Group

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Masongbo, , Sierra Leone / Agriculture

Fatmata's 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 seeds, organic inputs, and tractor rental, which will allow these farmers to escape subsistence farming by cultivating a larger area with a higher yield.

Fatmata's Farmers Group's story

Fatmata of Fatmata's Farmers Group would like to sincerely thank all the Kiva lenders for their second loan. Fatmata, who is third from the left in the picture, is a talented rice farmer who is also a mother of three and a respected community leader in Masongbo.

Kiva loans have enabled these farmers 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. The group has also expanded their farming operations and created a support fund for members' children's school fees and stationery costs.

Sierra Leone is currently experiencing a difficult time economically, with rising fuel and imported rice costs causing food shortages in some areas. This group would like to increase their production further as rice prices are on the rise. Increasing production will greatly enhance members' livelihoods and also increase food access in Sierra Leone at a time when it is badly needed. The group is therefore asking for a third loan to expand production, grow their businesses and increase local food security.