Total loan: $3,850

Batkanu's Best Female Farmers Group

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Batkanu Village, Northern Province, Sierra Leone / Agriculture

Batkanu's Best 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 her to escape subsistence by farming a larger area with a higher yield.

Batkanu's Best Female Farmers Group's story

Isatu (first on the left), featured borrower of Batkanu's Best Female Farmers, is a master farmer in Batkanu village and has a large family of eight. She is passionate about farming, and likes to help younger women in the community when they start.

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