Total loan: $2,850

Soko's Female Farmers Group

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Rogbonkoh Mathaka Village, , Sierra Leone / Agriculture

Soko'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 farming by cultivating a larger area with a higher yield.

Soko's Female Farmers Group's story

Soko C (first on the left), the featured borrower of Soko's Female Farmers, is a master farmer in Rogbonkoh Mathaka village and has a large family of ten. She is passionate about business and farming, and is a member of the village council representing women.

Soko 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, but 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 farming 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.