A loan of $1,350 helped a member invest in business.


Njala Agriculture Research Group's story

These are staff of NARC – Njala Agricultural Research Center. There are eleven in their unit, and they are field workers. NARC was established by the government over twenty years ago. Then, it was called Institute of Agriculture Research. As the name suggests, NARC’s primary job is to carryout research for the improvement of planting materials. They teach farmers (the majority of whom are illiterate) new farming techniques and the use of new technologies and farming systems. They also teach people how to process food crops for consumption. In addition to these, they also plant and provide planting materials to farmers throughout the country. The major challenge they face in their work is the lack of willingness on the part of the farmers to come for training. Some of the farmers prefer doing their work in the old and primitive way.



This is the first time NARC (this Unit) is getting a loan from SMT. Others from NARC already got a loan from SMT months ago and successes stories of those loans have inspired this unit to also come for a loan.

Fatmata B. T. (left) is the leader of this group. Fatmata is twenty-eight years of age. She is single with two children. One is in class one and the other is not of school age. She was born in Yoni, Tonkolili district, northern Sierra Leone. With her Le 1,000,000 loan, she will invest in business. She has been in the gara lapper (locally dyed cloth) business for the past two years now.
(In front of them are a number of yams.)

In this group: Fatmata B., Denis T., Abdulai, Konba A.m



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