Total loan: $4,250

Amie's Female Farmers Group

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Makabo Village, , Sierra Leone / Agriculture

Amie'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.

Amie's Female Farmers Group's story

Amie (first on left), the featured borrower of Amie's Female Farmers, sincerely thanks all the Kiva lenders for their first loan. It enabled the group's members to break free from local lenders who were charging nearly 100% interest, and as a result all group members have fully recovered their businesses, repaid their first loan and are successfully farming again.

The group is now seeking a second loan to expand further. The global COVID-19 pandemic is causing food shortages in some areas of Sierra Leone, as imported rice becomes more scarce. A second Kiva loan will not only further empower these women, it will enable them to take advantage of the current market for rice and enhance food access in Sierra Leone at a time when it's badly needed.

The profits will be used to ensure all members' children go to school and will also be used by the group to create a support fund to help train young female farmers. The group believes strongly in a mentorship approach to empowering young women in the community, and with a second Kiva loan they'll be in a position to greatly expand these efforts.