Total loan: $2,650

Aminata's Master Farmers Group

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Makennie Village, , Sierra Leone / Agriculture

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

Aminata's Master Farmers Group's story

Aminata T (first on the left), featured borrower of Aminata's Master Farmers Group, is an experienced farmer in the village of Makennie who has a family of six. She is a strong leader in the community and is involved in the local women's council. Her rice farming business was hard hit during Sierra Leone's 2014-2017 Ebola crisis, and she has since recovered her business very slowly due to predatory lending and a lack of access to finance. Aminata has therefore organised a large group of other women who, like her, 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 throw off the shackles of predatory lending, expand and prosper. In addition, the global COVID-19 pandemic is causing food shortages in some areas of Sierra Leone as imported rice becomes more scarce. A Kiva loan will not only empower these women, it will enable the group to increase their local rice production and enhance food access in Sierra Leone at a time when this is badly needed.