Empowering women farmers in Sierra Leone

This recently completed project with MEWODA worked with 2,500 women. The two year project has improved the livelihoods of thousands of female farmers and their dependents.

Skills training for female farmers

The devastation caused by the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, traumatised the country and caused severe economic disruption as markets collapsed, particularly for agricultural produce. Rural women farmers were particularly badly hit, with no-one willing or able to travel to local markets there was little chance of selling crops.

So we are delighted to run this [now recently completed] project alongside our partners MEWODA aimed at improving both the quantity and quality of women farmer’s yield, and linking them directly to markets as cooperative groups. Financial literacy training allows them to access best prices, and gender sensitisation work allows for increased income to be spent by women themselves. Working with 2,500 women, this two year project has great potential to improve the livelihoods of thousands of female farmers and their dependants.

This project has recently completed. We will share an update soon with the end of project highlights and achievements.

"As Sierra Leone recovers from the tragedy of the Ebola virus, never has our work in the country been more important."

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International Women's Day with MEWODA

Our Director of Programmes wrote this special blog about the women she met when she was visiting MEWODA, to celebrate International Women’s Day.

“Two things stuck me about that day.  The first was the remarkable resilience of women.  I think that sometimes in development charities we have a tendency to over-complicate things when really what we need to do is step out of the way.  The women I met have to deal with the double challenges of extreme poverty and low levels of literacy every day yet do so with incredible skill and creativity.  The woman knew exactly how they wanted to improve their lives and how they would go about doing that.  They just needed to be supported to get on with it.”

You can read the full blog here.