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.


Sallay's Female Farmers Group's story

Sallay K (1st on left), featured borrower of Sallay's Female Farmers, would like to sincerely thank all KIVA lenders for their first loan.

It enabled the group's members to break free from the local lenders who were charging them nearly 100% interest, and as a result, all group members have fully recovered their businesses, have repaid their first loan and are successfully farming again. The group is now seeking a second loan to expand further.

The global COVID-19 pandemic is causing food shortages in some areas of Sierra Leone, as imported rice becomes more scarce. A second Kiva loan will not only further empower these women, it will enable them to take advantage of the current market for rice and to enhance food access in Sierra Leone at a time when this is badly needed.

The profits will be used to ensure that all member's children go to school, and will also be used by the group to create a support fund for young female farmers.

In this group: Sallay, Mabinty, Fatu, Kadiatu, Marie, Isatu, Nadaywa, Fatu, Mariatu, Fatmata


This loan is special because:

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



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