Total loan: $2,750

Zainab's Female Farmers Group

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Makennie Village, , Sierra Leone / Agriculture

Zainab'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.

Zainab's Female Farmers Group's story

Zainab K., the first person on the left, is the featured borrower of Zainab's Female Farmers Group. They would like to sincerely thank all of the Kiva lenders for their first and second loans. These loans enabled them to break free from the local lenders who were charging them nearly 100% interest, and as a result, all of the group members have fully recovered their businesses. The group has also expanded their farming operations and created a support fund to help members pay their children's school fees and stationery costs. They are also helping new young female famers in the community with their crops.

Sierra Leone is currently experiencing a difficult time economically, with rising fuel and imported rice costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, thus causing food shortages in some areas. The group would like to take advantage of this and increase their production further as rice prices continue to rise. Increasing production will greatly enhance their livelihoods and also increase food access in Sierra Leone at a time when it is badly needed. The group is therefore requesting their third loan to expand production, grow their businesses, and increase local food security.