Total loan: $2,925

Fatmata's Female Farmers Group

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Maborie Village, Eastern Province, Sierra Leone / Agriculture

Fatmata'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 inputs, and tractor rental fees, which enhance both sustainability and profitability.

Fatmata's Female Farmers Group's story

Fatmata K (the first on the right), featured borrower of Fatmata's Female Farmers Group, is a master farmer in Maborie village and has a large family of five. She is passionate about business and farming, and likes to help younger women get their start.

She 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. As a result, she helped organize a group of other women who, like her, are currently trapped in a cycle of subsistence but are highly motivated to grow.

A 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 currently causing food shortages in some areas of Sierra Leone as imported rice becomes less accessible. 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.