Total loan: $3,225

Marie's Female Farmers Group

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Masagble Village, , Sierra Leone / Agriculture

Marie'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 seeds, organic farm inputs, and tractor rental.

Marie's Female Farmers Group's story

Marie, the featured borrower of Marie's Female Farmers, is the first lady on the right of the photo. She lives in Masagble village, and she has a large family of six.

Marie is a seasoned trader and a master farmer. Her rice-farming business was hit hard during Sierra Leone's 2014-2017 Ebola crisis. She was able to very slowly recover her business, hampered by both predatory lending and a lack of access to financing.

Marie has organized a large group of women who, like her, are currently trapped in a cycle of subsistence. In the past, they have taken extremely high-interest loans for poor-quality farm inputs during planting time. A no-interest Kiva loan will enable this group of determined women to throw off the shackles of predatory lending, to expand, and to prosper.

With this loan, Marie (and her group) will pay for improved seeds, organic farm inputs, and tractor rental. This will allow these farmers to escape subsistence by farming larger areas with higher yields.

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.