Total loan: $2,925

Tawopeneh Farmers Group

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Rochain Village, , Sierra Leone / Agriculture

Tawopeneh 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 inputs and tractor rental, which improve production and profitability.

Tawopeneh Farmers Group's story

Kadiatu S (1st on the right), the featured borrower of Tawopeneh Farmers Group, is a master farmer in Rochain Village and has a large family of nine. She is passionate about business and farming, and she likes to help younger women get their start.

Kadiatu is a seasoned farmer whose rice farming business was hit hard during Sierra Leone's 2014-2017 Ebola crisis. She has since recovered her business very slowly because of 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 and 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.