Total loan: $2,875

Fatu's Female Farmers Group

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Mahayrie village, , Sierra Leone / Agriculture

Fatu'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.

Fatu's Female Farmers Group's story

Fatu K (the first person on the left) is the featured borrower of Fatu’s Female Farmers. She is a master farmer from the village of Mahayrie and has a large family of eight members. Fatu is passionate about business and farming. She enjoys helping younger women get their start. Fatu is a seasoned farmer whose rice farming business was hard hit during Sierra Leone's 2014-2017 Ebola crisis. Her business has since recovered very slowly due to predatory lending and a lack of access to financing.

Fatu 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 them to increase local rice production. As a result, food access in Sierra Leone will improve at a time when it is badly needed.