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.

Abie's Best Female Farmers Group's story

Abie B (1st on left), featured borrower of Abie's Best Female Farmers, is a master farmer in Makapa village and has a large family of eight. She is passionate about business and farming, and likes to help younger women get started.

Abie 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 only very slowly due to predatory lending and a lack of access to financing.

That is why she has organized a large group of other women who, like her, are currently trapped in a cycle of subsistence and 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, and as a result 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: Abie, Isata, Isatu, Abie, Marie, Ahasanatu, Fatu, Marie, Umu, Kaday

This loan is special because:

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

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