Total loan: $2,650

Fatmata's Female Farmers Group

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Makaray Village, , Sierra Leone / Agriculture

Fatmata'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 seed, organic inputs and a tractor rental to improve yields.

Fatmata's Female Farmers Group's story

Fatmata is the featured borrower for "Fatmata's Female Farmers Group." She is the first person on the left in this picture and is master farmer in her Makaray village. Fatmata is 39 years old and has three children. Farming is a family business and she has worked hard to build her smallholder farm with her family's help. She appears here with her son Musa and her niece Kadiatu. Despite her expertise, Fatmata, like many in her village, was devastated during Sierra Leone's 2014-2016 Ebola crisis. Despite loosing a lifetime of work, she refused to give up. Fatmata organised a large group of women who had similar experiences during the crisis. All of the group members are currently trapped in a cycle of subsistence and must take extremely high-interest loans to purchase poor-quality inputs during planting time.

Fatmata is requesting a loan to buy high-quality seed, organic farm inputs and to rent a tractor to sustainably increase her harvest. A no-interest Kiva loan will enable this group of determined women get back on their feet and back in business.