Total loan: $3,100

Abibatu's Best Female Farmers Group

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Lumpa village, Selangor, Sierra Leone / Agriculture

Abibatu's Best 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.

Abibatu's Best Female Farmers Group's story

Abibatu C (1st on left), featured borrower of Abibatu's Best Female Farmers, is a master farmer in Lumpa Village and has a large family of eight. She is passionate about business and farming and likes to help younger women get their start. Abibatu 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 to increase their local rice production and enhance food access in Sierra Leone at a time when this is badly needed.