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.


Mariama's Best Female Farmers Group's story

Mariama S (first on the left), featured borrower of Mariama's Best Female Farmers, is a 55-year-old master farmer in Warneh Village. She works with her husband to support their large family of nine. She is passionate about business and farming, and likes to help younger women get their start.

Mariama 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 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 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: Mariama, Mabinty, Bokaprie, Esther, Digba, Yabu, Hawa, Amie, Isatu, Hawa


This loan is special because:

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



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