Total loan: $4,400

Lioness Group

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Makaiba Village, Northern Province, Sierra Leone / Agriculture

Lioness 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.

Lioness Group's story

Ramatu K (first on left), the featured borrower of Lioness Group, is a fierce 42-year-old master farmer in Makaiba Village who supports her five children. She is is a leader in the community and helps organize women's activities. A seasoned farmer, her 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 strong 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 of Lioness Group to increase their local rice production and enhance food access in Sierra Leone at a time when this is badly needed.