Kadija, a young Sierra Leonean woman, is making significant strides in the field of agriculture by cultivating various agricultural products such as sweet pepper, tomatoes, and cucumber. In an exclusive interview, Kadija, the CEO of her organization, shared her plans to support women farmers across Sierra Leone.
Despite her commendable efforts, Kadija expressed the challenges her organization faces due to a lack of sufficient resources to sustain their projects. She emphasized the need for resources, including human capital, to effectively run such initiatives.
The primary objective of Kadija’s organization, Dijahfoff AgricBusiness, is to bring together women in Sierra Leone and encourage them to engage in agriculture and entrepreneurship. By doing so, the organization aims to contribute to nation-building, help women realize their full potential, and promote self-reliance.
Currently, Kadija and a group of women have successfully cultivated a substantial number of cucumbers and sweet peppers in Waterloo town, specifically around Four Mile, Blackie town. Kadija’s motto, “if the farm does not go and meet the women, let the women go and meet the farm,” serves as a driving force behind her courage and determination.
While the organization aspires to have offices in all regions of Sierra Leone to ensure inclusivity, limited resources have confined their operations to Waterloo for the time being. Kadija’s ultimate goal is to challenge the perception that farming or agriculture is solely for men and empower more women to enter these fields.
Despite facing challenges in implementing their projects, Kadija remains committed to achieving her long-term vision with the resources at her disposal. She calls upon the government, local organizations, and individuals who share her vision to support her dreams and aspirations.
Kadija’s endeavors in the agricultural sector are commendable and serve as an inspiration to women across Sierra Leone. Her determination to empower women farmers and contribute to the country’s development is a testament to the potential and talent within the nation’s agricultural community. With continued support and resources, Kadija’s organization can make a significant impact on women’s empowerment and self-reliance in Sierra Leone.