We support small farmers with loans, seeds, fertilizer and training. Started September 2016 with 20 farmers cultivating 10 Hectares (ca. 25 acres), we need new funds to expand each 6 months and reach 500 farmers (3000 inhabitants) by 2022. The planned continuation at 150 farmers during the current COVID-19 CRISIS will require USD 5,000. Our aim is to support them becoming financially independent so they can indulge in their own farming processing with sustainability and continuity approach.
Sierra Leone is a country in West Africa, with about 7 million inhabitants. Most of them are farmer families, living on fertile soils in rural environments. The majority (70%) of all people live in poverty, very high amounts of them in to Malal Chiefdom, most of the adults are not educated. The rural villages are deprived from clean water, electricity and proper sanitary systems. Over 12% of new born children do not survive until their 5th anniversary.
SFG exploits a small, growing revolving fund: delivering loans, seeds, fertilizers, tools and training in modern agricultural methods to farmers who are committed to build better livelihoods for their families. Joining the project, farmers commit themself to perform the necessary agricultural and training activities and pay back the loans. The first maize project (Sept. 2016 - Jan. 2017) resulted in 60-80% higher yield and 100% pay-back of the 20 farmers loans. Now, 2020 we support 150 families.
By the year 2022, SFG plans to facilitate 500 loans in-kind to farmers who receive seeds, fertilizers and training. Hunger should be eradicated, due to 60-100% higher yields and distributed knowledge of better agricultural practices. Higher income improves self-reliance and facilitates purchasing better health care, electricity, clean water and sanitary facilities. "Sharing knowledge and supporting funds create a better world".
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
Dutch newspaper article, september 2016
Sierra Leone News article, september 2016
Facebook report Global Giving site visit june 2019
Links to Facebook page of Seeds for Growth.