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Total loan: $3,175

Barmoi's Best Female Farmers Group

Matoko, , Sierra Leone / Agriculture

Barmoi's Best Female Farmers Group's loan finished fundraising, but these other borrowers need your support

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.

Barmoi's Best Female Farmers Group's story

Baromi K (1st on left), featured borrower of Barmoi's Best Female Farmers, is a master farmer in Matoko village and has a family of 5. Baromi was married at a young age and had her first child when she was 19, but has worked hard to build a good 3-acre smallholding with rice being her main focus. She is a proud leader of female farmers in the community, and regularly organizes women's activities. Despite being a seasoned farmer, Baromi, like many in her village, had her farm devastated during Sierra Leone's 2014-2016 Ebola crisis. She refuses to give up despite losing a lifetime of work, and has organised 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 enable this group of determined women to get back on their feet and back in business.