Total loan: $2,850

Aminata's Best Female Farmers Group

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Rogbonkoh Mathaka Village, , Sierra Leone / Agriculture

Aminata'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 and enable these farmers to escape subsistence by farming a larger area with a higher yield.

Aminata's Best Female Farmers Group's story

Aminata J (1st on left), featured borrower of Aminata's Best Female Farmers, is a master farmer in Rogbonkoh Mathaka village and has a large family of eight. She is passionate about business and farming, and likes to help younger women get their start.

Aminata is a seasoned farmer whose rice farming business was hard hit during Sierra Leone's 2014-2017 Ebola crisis. Now, the global COVID-19 pandemic is causing food shortages in some areas of Sierra Leone as imported rice becomes more scarce.

It has been hard for her to recover her business from Ebola, 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. With the funding, the women will increase their local rice production and and enhance food access in Sierra Leone at a time when this is badly needed.