Total loan: $2,950

Fatmata's Master Farmers Group

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Rokupr, Northern Province, Sierra Leone / Agriculture

Fatmata's Master 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 a tractor rental.

Fatmata's Master Farmers Group's story

Fatmata K, first on the left, the featured borrower of Fatmata's Master Farmers Group, would like to thank all the Kiva lenders for the group's third loan. It enabled the group to become an economic pillar in the community and to participate in a new program where each borrower receives farm equipment services on loan in exchange for interest free repayment in raw rice at the time of harvest. The group is now making an important contribution to the community's food security, and each individual member is now engaging at least one assistant in farming, creating new employment.

Imported rice prices are dramatically increasing in Sierra Leone due to the COVID19 pandemic, which has had the impact of improving the local market for these farmers. The group therefore wishes to continue expanding its activities with a new loan to take advantage of better prices and address the need for local food production, which is now more urgent than ever.