Total loan: $2,650

Women's Power Group

Makeh Village, Northern Province, Sierra Leone / Agriculture

Women's Power 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.

Women's Power Group's story

Fatmata K (1st on left), the featured borrower of the Women's Power Group, is a 45-year-old mother of six in the village of Makeh. She is an experienced farmer and leader in the community, and she is proud to farm together with other women and help organize group activities.

Despite being a seasoned farmer, Fatmata's rice farming business was hard hit during Sierra Leone's 2014-2017 Ebola crisis. She has since recovered her business very slowly due to predatory lending and a lack of access to financing. She has organized 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 and to expand and prosper.

Additionally, 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 empower these women, and 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.