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.


Sallay's Female Farmers Group's story

Sallay S (1st on left), featured borrower of Sallay's Female farmers, is a master farmer in Makennie Village and has a large family of 9. She is passionate about business and farming, and likes to help younger women get their start.

Sallay 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. She has therefore organized 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. Additionally, 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 empower these women, and it will enable the group to increase their local rice production and and enhance food access in Sierra Leone at a time when this is badly needed.

In this group: Sallay, Mariatu, Isatu, Zainab, Mabinty, Mabintu, Ya Sawa, Fatmata, Mayafie, Marie


This loan is special because:

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



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