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


Marie's Best Female Farmers Group's story

Marie B (1st on left) is the featured borrower of Marie's Best Female Farmers Group. She is a master farmer in Rogbonkoh Mathaka Village and has a large family of six. Marie is passionate about business and farming and likes to help younger women get their start.

Marie 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 but very slowly due to predatory lending and lack of access to financing.

Marie 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 and 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: Marie, Kaday, Kadiatu, Fatmata, Kassia, Kadiatu, Mabinty, Sampa, Yabundu, Fatmata


This loan is special because:

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



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