Total loan: $2,650

"women's Power" Farmers Group

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Mahayrie village, , Sierra Leone / Agriculture

"women's Power" 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, which will allow these farmers to escape subsistence by farming a larger area with a higher yield.

"women's Power" Farmers Group's story

Mariam B, first on left, is the featured borrower of "Women's Power" Farmers. She is a master farmer in Mahayrie Village and has a large family of seven. She is passionate about business and farming and likes to help train women in business. She is also a leader among the women of the community. Mariam is a seasoned farmer whose 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, 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.