Adama’s story: working together to break the cycle of poverty

Apr 18, 2018

Adama, an inspiring 21-year-old mother, was supported by our project empowering rural women farmers in Northern Sierra Leone. Read her story here.

Adama (pictured) was one of the women supported by our project empowering rural women farmers in Sierra Leone.

Bombali in northern Sierra Leone is a rural region that is still recovering from civil war and the Ebola epidemic, which caused widespread poverty as well as many deaths. Life here is particularly hard for women, who have less status than men. They have little access to education and often experience gender-based violence. With our local partner MEWODA, we’ve helped women and their wider community to start overcoming these challenges.

Through our recently completed project there, female-led farming cooperatives have been established in 50 villages so women can share knowledge, support each other and save money. The project has also helped communities to address issues such as gender-based violence and has raised awareness of women’s rights.

Adama, who was supported by our project, is a mother of three-year-old twins. At just 21 years, she’s already faced hardships no one should face. Not only has she had to cope with the strains of raising a family while living in poverty, but she’s also very sadly lost a child.

Before joining the cooperative, Adama used to go to the bush to find wood to sell in order to buy food for her family. But, since joining the Rosengbeh cooperative a year ago, her quality of life has been steadily improving.

She has already experienced income from the groundnut harvest, which she used to start her own business. She now travels to Freetown to buy clothes to sell in her community (for cash or credit) and plans to use profits to grow her business more.

She will remain active in her cooperative as she enjoys the farming and working together with the other women. She told us how she’s learnt to work with others effectively and has also become more confident and active in her community since joining.

In addition, she is using the techniques she learnt to farm her own individual farm to increase the quantity and quality of her crops.

Your support could enable us to reach more marginalised communities with our adult education projects, in order to give more women like Adama the skills they need to turn their lives around. Please consider making a kind donation, or get involved and fundraise for us. Thank you.