Abiebatu Turay, Growing Groundnuts
In 2014, Sierra Leone was one of the most affected countries of the Ebola epidemic taking place in West Africa. Alongside Liberia and Guinea, together there were 28,617 suspected, probable and confirmed cases, 15,246 laboratory confirmed cases and 11,314 deaths (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). The rapid spread of the disease left communities devoid of resources, support and a way forward.
Abiebatu Turay, in conjunction with Mohamed Rogers, are working to help the people of Gelehun Village in Bo District solve this by addressing food shortage, the other silent killer. Abiebatu notes that people from the village are making the long journey to the larger towns in search for food. She feels there is a solution to this problem and plans to start a small groundnut farm in her community, allocating part of the harvest to be sold to other communities to generate an income. The surplus of money will then be transitioned into a base to start a microcredit group, whereby groups or individuals can start a small-scale farming or business to improve the community. Her goal is to provide alternative food supply to the community while generating income for the youth.
With a seed grant she will make her project, Growing Groundnuts, a reality. She will work directly with the Mugomega Youth Group, made up of 60 members, to cultivate one acre of swampland, plant two bushels of groundnuts and corns and harvest the yields. Funds will purchase seeds, rain boots, gardening equipment and packaging materials for harvest. At the end of a year, they anticipate to start a microcredit group, extending support to others.
GRANT AWARD DATE: November 13, 2015