Total loan: $3,175

Nedowa's Female Farmers Group

Mahayrie village, , Sierra Leone / Agriculture

Nedowa'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 seeds, organic inputs, and tractor rental fees, which will allow her to escape subsistence farming by farming a larger area with a higher yield.

Nedowa's Female Farmers Group's story

Nedowa C (1st on left), the featured borrower of Nedowa's Female Farmers, is a master farmer in Mahayrie Village and has a family of six. She is passionate about business and farming and is a leader in the community. Nedowa is a seasoned farmer whose rice farming business was hit hard 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, 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 enable the group to increase local rice production and thus enhance food access in Sierra Leone at a time when it is badly needed.