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Reading: 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

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

R Fam Ventures To Own The Biggest Farming Company And African Super Store That Will Cater For Over 10,000 People: Meet The Founder.

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.

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
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.

Marion K Rfarm ventures
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.”

RFarm venture
RFarm venture

Connect with her on Facebook: Marion K Conteh

Call her on: + 23277709404 or +23234709404

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Sallu Kamuskay is a Sierra Leonean communication strategist, fixer, blogger, youth organiser, event manager, spokesperson, and public relations expert. His work has been regularly referenced and published by national and international media and public policy institutions. Sallu Kamuskay was a child during the brutal war in Sierra Leone. Growing up in the midst of conflict, Sallu witnessed unimaginable abuse of children and gross violations of human rights. The horrors he witnessed during the Civil War had a terrible impact on him at a very tender age. But despite the shock of the war, Sallu never lost hope. He started on a journey of recovery, studying, and working for a better future. At age 15, Sallu entered into the world of activism and advocacy. Sallu Kamuskay was the Vice President of the Young Leaders Organisation, a member of the National Youth Council. The Young Leaders is one of the oldest youth-led organisations in West Africa. The organisation was formed by a group of young leaders, and launched by the then Head of State/President of Sierra Leone. Sallu was part of the group of young leaders who participated in and contributed to the establishment of the National Youth Council. The Commonwealth supported the training for trainers programme with line ministries and youth stakeholders in which key, representatives of youth council, student union and civil society/private sector youth platforms were engaged and empowered in the effective engagement and inclusion of youth. Sallu is co-founder and Executive Director of the Salone Messenger, a global multimedia and public relations firm based In Sierra Leone. Sallu has worked on various developmental and policy issues such as Poverty, Climate Change, Human rights, Child Rights, Education, Health, Gender Equality, Civic Engagement, Government policies, Information Communication Technology for Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, and has also been contributing to various global events and advocacy campaigns. Sallu Kamuskay is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Salone Messenger, a global Multimedia and Public Relations Firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information, on top stories, business, politics, entertainment, and more. Sallu is working with a leading technology company in Africa, Techfrica, that has recently developed and launched a social media, messaging Supfrica with over 150,000 downloads on the Google play store in less than 4 days. He is the Adviser and Media coordinator for the App to give people the platform to connect and communicate to help shape their future with a very fast internet that allows users that live in deprived and hard-to-reach areas with poor internet facility to be able to communicate as it allows and stronger on 2 and 3 G network reception. Sallu has over 9 years of experience in youth engagement, inclusion, and coordination both at local and global levels, giving voice to young people and engaging young people to build a better world. He has served as coordinator for the Wave Alliance which brought together youth-led organisations who attended an international training in South Africa organized by the International Organization – Waves for Change. Sallu is working with the MLT, Waves For Change, and the Government to develop safe spaces for young people, with a view to contributing to the overall development goals of young people including health, as well as to community rebuilding. Sallu is currently the Programme Director for the Wave Alliance, which is a coalition of youth-led and community-based organisations that have successfully introduced evidence-based Surf Therapy programs to young people in communities, with a focus on mental health, peace building and sustainable development. Sallu is currently the focal point and face of Africa’s Faces Social media platform which is a global Social media platform that brings together people from across the world to share their moments, connect, share videos, and interact with friends giving more preference to excluded continents like Africa. Sallu Kamuskay has devoted his time to working for or contributing to a number of national and international organizations and companies, including the Techfrica Technology Company, United Nations, ECOWAS, European Union, Commonwealth Africa Initiatives. This work has led him to travel to a number of countries to contribute to global youth platforms. Sallu is the lead Coordinator for Peace Tour programme, an initiative supported by the European Union, Africa Union, ECOWAS focusing on uniting and empowering young people and local communities. 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.