Total loan: $2,775

Hawa's Female Farmers Group

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Gbasher Village, , Sierra Leone / Agriculture

Hawa'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 these farmers to escape subsistence by farming a larger area with a higher yield.

Hawa's Female Farmers Group's story

Hawa T (1st on left), featured borrower of Hawa's Female Farmers, is a 50-year-old master farmer in Gbasher village and has a large family of seven.

Hawa is passionate about business and farming and likes to help younger women get their start. Hawa is a seasoned farmer, whose rice farming business was hard hit during Sierra Leone's 2014-2017 Ebola crisis.

Hawa 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 and enhance food access in Sierra Leone at a time when this is badly needed.