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Seeing The Invisible, Doing The Impossible: A Young Sierra Leonean Entrepreneur’s Journey To Success: Meet Marion K Conteh

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Seeing The Invisible, Doing The Impossible: A Young Sierra Leonean Entrepreneur’s Journey To Success: Meet Marion K Conteh

Who is Marion K Conteh

Marion K Conteh is nothing if not insightful. She describes herself as a serious-minded agricultural entrepreneur who can create opportunities where there seem to be none – and she’s right. After just a few short years of operation, she and her company, The R Farm Ventures are poised to transform their local food systems and take agriculture to the next level. One of Marion’s main activities is growing, producing and selling certified agricultural produce.

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Marion K Conteh Rfarm Venture
Marion K Conteh Rfarm Venture

Born and grew up in Freetown, Marion K Conteh is a former Sierra Leonean model, entrepreneur, farmer and founder of RFarm Ventures. The RFarm Ventures offers Food crops and working on production process and their operational areas are in Makeni and Kambia currently producing Cassava, potato, rice, Corn, Okra and Cucumber. Marion attended the government Secondary technical School Freetown where she completed her secondary school and moved to the Milton Margai College of Education Science and Technology where she studied Business Administration.

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Marion K Conteh Pictured in a photo when the Journey of her company started in 2019

Like many young people, the terrible long decade civil war in Sierra Leone had negative impacts on her life, however, Growing up was a great blessings for her because she grew up with a family that is very peaceful and supportive to whatever dreams she wanted to pursue in life.

At a very tender age, Marion K Conteh thought of making a difference and wanted to engage in business to support her education. Marion always wanted to be that independent woman who could push herself for something greater, when her father lost his job, Marion began to learn hair dressing and began to make Money out of it, and to a point she paid a whole year School Fees when she was in JSS 2 because she never wanted to ask her parent but rather surprise them that she could support her parents.

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Marion K Conteh pictured in one of her farms in Makeni

Because of Marion’s height, she was persuaded to go into Modeling, people said if she goes into modeling, she will make lots of money and create an impacts, but it turned that modelling companies get 90% of the shares. She then went into tailoring. Marion was inspired to start-up Rfams ventures because of her father’s passion for Agriculture and her passion for entrepreneurship.  RFarms currently employ people on per time base, with age limit from 18 to 45 years.

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Marion K Conteh pictured modelling for Vivid Emporium Designs

“Before setting up Rfam Ventures, I work as a customer care representative (Call Center Operator) and Administrative Assistant for QCELL SL.” She told us at Salone Messenger during an exclusive interview.

Sallu Kamuskay

What was your greatest inspiration to start up this company or what prompted you?

Marion K Conteh

“My Father and Mother; these two people are my greatest inspiration to start up this agro Business. We use to feed and make money out of it, the basic crops like Cassava, potato, Corn, Okra, Cucumber we don’t purchase from the Market we grew them ourselves. After lots of thinking, I thought this is something I can make lots of money in time to come, so I began to write down plans, ideas as to how to go about it since 2019 after I had raise some funds. The other thing is that the negative narrative going around especially in this part of the world that Farmers are dirty, non-educated and are less important in Society prompt and give me passion to take up the venture .  Most importantly, I am very passionate about fighting against Zero hunger and promoting food sustainability. This greatly complement the United nations goals 2 agenda by 2030 which is to End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”

Marion K Rfarm venture now
Marion K Rfarm venture now

 

Sallu Kamuskay

What are you currently working on that is your biggest project or what are you working on that has been your greatest project?

Marion K Conteh

“My company is working towards owning one of the biggest farming Company and African Super Store that will cater for over 10,000 of people both in Freetown and the provincial area.”

 

Sallu Kamuskay

What would be your message to Sierra Leoneans?

Marion K Conteh

“Join us today as youth and young people to fight against Zero Hunger, farming Benefits the world. its helps in sustainability and development of the economy and every human being has a purpose for living. join us and fulfill the  Sustainable development Goal two.”

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RFarm venture

Connect with her on Facebook: Marion K Conteh

Call her on: + 23277709404 or +23234709404

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Sallu Kamuskay

Sallu Kamuskay is a Sierra Leonean activist, storyteller, and blogger. He was born in Sierra Leone but later relocated to Guinea as a refugee because of the war in his country. Sallu Kamuskay uses his phone to engage on social media, under the name ‘’Salone Messenger’. He Co-Founded the Salone Messenger platform after his experience of the war, Ebola, and injustices. According to him, silence was the root cause of war, and of many social injustices, we continue to face as a nation. In 2013, during the Ebola crisis, Sallu Kamuskay took the risk and volunteered to fight Ebola. He spent some months in both safe and unsafe places; helping the victims and telling their sad stories. The election in 2018, left a divided country with communities fighting on tribal lines. This inspired Sallu Kamuskay to serve as the coordinator of the United Sierra Leone peace concert, which was organized in 4 major parts of the country, targeting violent communities and troubled youth. Sallu Kamuskay led a group of entertainers, activists, and organizations across the country on a peace tour, a program supported by the European Union, United Sierra Leone, Africa Union, ECOWAS, and the Messeh Leone Trust. Sallu Kamuakay has also served as a staff writer for the Hidden Voices Magazine. Over the years, Sallu Kamuskay has been using his Techno phone to be able to tell stories, the phone he used to tell the story of Gbessay during Ebola who was admitted at one of the Ebola treatment centers after rumors that she had Ebola when the actual sickness was ulcer, she was almost abandoned at the treatment canter with no medication provided to her. She could have died. Sallu told the story via social media and was able to secure funding from the United Sierra Leone to buy her medication and advocated for her. She was later discharged and taken home, He did the same to a patient that died and was abandoned in the street, Sallu Kamuskay used his phone and shared the message across, the corps was later taken and buried. It could have been more disaster without his voice. The story of late America Stress 3-year-old daughter. The hero’s daughter was abandon after his father's death. He shared her sad story and was able to get a sister who has taken the child as her own and is currently providing her with educational support. The article of America Stress can be read on the link below http://ayvnewspaper.com/index.php/k2-categories/item/7350-america-stress-a-hero-to-recognize. Sallu Kamuskay feels the stories of Gbessay, America stress and that of many others need to be told. The media house we have cannot better tell these stories, they are better reporters than telling human interest stories. He created the Salone Messenger platform and brought together passionate storytellers to be able to tell these compelling stories.

One Comment

  1. I have known Marion K Conteh for a while and I know that she can achieve anything once she puts her mind on it. It is no surprises that she has reached this far.
    Continue to work hard my young beautiful female entrepreneur, the sky will be your beginning.

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