Total loan: $2,925

Mamaa's Female Farmer Group

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Masagble Village, , Sierra Leone / Agriculture

Mamaa's Female Farmer Group's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped to pay for improved seeds, organic inputs and tractor rental which improve production and profitability.

Mamaa's Female Farmer Group's story

Mamaa (1st on right), the featured borrower of Mama Female Farmer Group, is a master farmer in Masagble village and has a large family of eight. She is passionate about business and farming, and likes to help younger women get their start. Mamaa 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.