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

Women's Peace Group's story

Umu B (1st on left), the featured borrower of Women's Peace group, is a 54-year-old rice farmer and mother of three in Warneh village. She farms with her husband of over 25 years, and her dream is to "embark on large scale farming, and supply large quantities of rice."

Umu's 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 enhance food access in Sierra Leone at a time when this is badly needed.

In this group: Umu, Adama, Jane , Baromi, Bokaprie, Yabu, Adama, Amie, Marie, Iye

This loan is special because:

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

Loan details

Lenders and lending teams

Loan details