Total loan: $2,475

Salamatu's Female Farmers Group

Makeneh Bana Village, , Sierra Leone / Agriculture

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

Salamatu's Female Farmers Group's story

Salamatu (second from the right), the featured borrower of Salamatu's Female Farmers Group, would like to sincerely thank all the Kiva lenders for their first and second loans. These loans 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.

The group has also expanded their farming operations and created a support fund for school fees for the members' children 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. The group would like to take advantage of this and 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 this is badly needed. The group is therefore asking for a third loan to expand production and grow their businesses.