Total loan: $3,025

Kadiatu's Women Farmers Group

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Maforay Village, , Sierra Leone / Agriculture

Kadiatu's Women 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.

Kadiatu's Women Farmers Group's story

Kadiatu K (1st on left), the featured borrower of Kadiatu's Women Farmers, is a master farmer in Maforay village and has two children. She is passionate about business and farming, and likes to help younger women get their start. Kadiatu' sister, Hawa, is in the background of the photo (center with yellow headscarf) and supports her farming, but is not in the group.

Kadiatu 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.