A loan helped a member to pay for improved seed, organic inputs and tractor rental which will allow these farmers to escape subsistence by farming a larger area with a higher yield.


Aminata's Best Female Farmers Group's story

Aminata S (first on the left), featured borrower of Aminata's Best Female Farmers group, is a master farmer in Makennie village and has a large family of 10. She is a strong leader in the community and regularly organizes women's activities. 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 finance.

Aminata has organised 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, expand and prosper. In addition, 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 not only empower these women, it will enable the group to increase their local rice production and enhance food access in Sierra Leone at a time when this is badly needed.

In this group: Aminata, Jariatu, Memuna, Adamsay, Adama, Yeabu, Ya Kadiatu, Fatmata, Adamsay, Aminata


This loan is special because:

It enables farmers to access farm inputs to improve their yield for increased income.



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