Sierra Leone

The edges of the field: How Wesleyan farmers are helping to end hunger

Can we end hunger in this world? Should we even try? One only needs to look as far as the book of Leviticus to know that God has not only given us the command to feed the hungry but also the instructions on how to accomplish it.

"When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest: you shall leave them for the poor and for the alien" (Leviticus 23:22).

Kenton and Autumn Hofer, farmers in South Dakota, have found a way to live out this command. Through their involvement in the Foods Resource Bank

08/11/2015 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Update on Ebola in West Africa

Several countries in West African have been fighting an Ebola outbreak for the past several months and the disease continues to spread.  There are now 6 countries in the region where the disease has been found – Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Senegal.  

One of the countries hardest hit is Sierra Leone where we have two FRB programs

09/19/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Planting Pineapples, Harvesting Hope

Check out the video below by World Hope International!

FRB's Sierra Leone - West program works with smallholder farmers who live in the area of a former Internal Displaced Person's camp during the 1991-2002 civil war. Through the cultivation of pineapple, farmers are integrated into the supply chains of export-oriented processing companies.

11/15/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Entrepreneurship + Opportunity = Success for Abraham in Sierra Leone

Before becoming a Private Service Provider (PSP), Abraham, now with FRB's Sierra Leone-Koinadugu program, was unemployed and did not have enough money to pay for his school fees. When he went home to visit his family on holiday, he heard of a CRS program training individuals to become experts in Savings and Internal Lending Communities(SILC) methodology. Immediately, Abraham recognized this as a great opportunity and enrolled himself in the training program. Four years later, he is a stand-out among his PSP peers and is recognized as CRS’s most successful PSP to date,as evidenced by his new motorbike.

09/27/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

SILC Allows Pa Alie to Open Shop and Open Possibilities in Sierra Leone

Three years ago Alie Bangura, known locally as Pa Alie, was a subsistence farmer and a driver on the side. His fields were unproductive, his family undernourished, and his children uneducated. To make matters worse, when Pa Alie’s vehicle broke down, he could not afford to repair it and therefore lost his job as a driver. Today, however, Pa Alie is a business owner and respected chairman of his SILC (savings and internal loan club)group as part of FRB's Sierra Leone-Koinadugu program.

09/18/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Dusuba's new house! …evidence of SILC Success

Like most others in the village of Gberia Timbakor, Dusuba struggled to meet her family’s necessities––food, shelter, and education. With a husband and six children, her small rice and groundnut farm was not enough to meet those needs. That is, until she joined a SILC group through FRB's Sierra Leone-Koinadugu program. Now, she says, she has overcome all of her obstacles.

08/14/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Culturally relevant agribusiness for smallholder farmers in Sierra Leone

The Sierra Leone-West program is a business-oriented poverty-reduction initiative of World Hope International (WHI) in conjunction with FRB. The program works with smallholder farmers in Sierra Leone to develop sustainable, culturally relevant agribusiness enterprises at the village level, such as growing and selling mangoes and pineapples to a local juice processor.

Communities in the program area are exceedingly vulnerable. Lack of employment among men and women of working age causes poverty. Lack of capital to cultivate food creates food insecurity.

08/02/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Sirah saves money to start a small business in Sierra Leone

Sirah is one of the most respected farmers in her community today due to her hard work, ingenuity, and how she’s managed the money she’s saved through her SILC (Savings and Internal Lending Community) group. SILCs are supported by Foods Resource Bank’s Sierra Leone-Koinadugu program to enable and encourage farmers to save money for agricultural inputs and starting small businesses.

06/17/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Community Savings and Loan groups work to improve local bridge in Sierra Leone

A community-rehabilitated bridge in the Koinadugu community of Sierra Leone has become a “bridge to the future.” The new bridge is an example of how, when people from local Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILCs) contribute money and labor to improve their village’s infrastructure, everyone benefits.

01/30/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More
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