Total loan: $2,675

Fatmata's Female Farmers Group

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

Fatmata's Female Farmers Group's story

Fatmata, first from the left, is the featured borrower of Fatmata's Female Farmers Group. She would like to sincerely thank all the Kiva lenders for her first and second loans. These loans enabled her to break free from the local lenders who were charging 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 new female farmers in the community.

Sierra Leone is currently experiencing a difficult time economically, with rising fuel and imported rice costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic 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, grow their businesses and increase local food security.