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


Rm Best Female Farmers Group's story

Fatmata S (first on left), is the featured borrower of RM Best Female Farmers. She is a master farmer in Rogbonkoh Mathaka Village and has a large family of six. She is passionate about business and farming, and helps organize women's activities in the community.

Fatmata 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 taking 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: Fatmata, Iye, Nafalf, Fatmata, Kadiatu, Masiery, Sampa, Adamsay, Sallay, Adama


This loan is special because:

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



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