Total loan: $3,300

New Day Female Farmer's Group

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Ropolon Village, , Sierra Leone / Agriculture

New Day Female Farmer's 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 to escape subsistence by farming a larger area with a higher yield.

New Day Female Farmer's Group's story

Isatu K (1st on left), the featured borrower of New Day Female Farmer's Group, is a master farmer in Ropolon village and supports her family of 4 with her farming. She is passionate about business and is a respected member of the community's leadership. Isatu is known for being positive and always trying to make the best of any situation. She is a seasoned farmer whose rice farming business was hard hit during Sierra Leone's 2014-2017 Ebola crisis. Through hard work, Isatu 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 to 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.