Total loan: $2,775

Mary's Female Farmers Group

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Kaindema Village, , Sierra Leone / Agriculture

Mary'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 this farmer to escape subsistence by farming a larger area with a higher yield.

Mary's Female Farmers Group's story

Mary (first on the left) is the featured borrower of Mary's Female Farmers. She is a 46-year-old master farmer in Kaindema village and has four children. She is passionate about business and farming, and likes to help younger women get their start.

Mary 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.