Nurturing Opportunities for Women

The project will train 1,000 women from the Kono District, in basic financial literacy, household financial management, effective savings techniques, and business skills, including conducting market surveys and calculating profit. In the Kono District diamond mining-induced poverty and social upheaval prevail. Small scale, subsistence farmers struggle with a deterioration soil and air quality that stems directly from the mining operation sites. Women and girls are disproportionately affected by these problems. Once these women have this knowledge, the targeted households will be more financially secure and able to absorb economic shocks more easily. This will indirectly impact more than 16,000 people their income and well-being. Thanks to the new knowledge and tools acquired to manage household savings and in their savings groups they will plan, save, and invest, enhancing personal, family and community wellbeing. The women will participate in public dialogue and collaborative decision-making to foster positive social change. They will elevate women's roles in decision-making and advance gender equity. Upon graduation the women proceed to an agribusiness program, enabling the women to apply all that they have learned about finance and business skills to their farming businesses, further strengthening their resilience and financial independence.

Founded in 2006, One Village Partners is a registered nonprofit organisation in the USA and in Sierra Leone. Its mission is to enhance collective wellbeing across Sierra Leone by investing in people and communities through partnerships.



Education / Health / Community Development


September 2024 – August 2026


Kono District / Sierra Leone

With whom

One Village Partners


Sierra Leone

7.6 million (2017)

Per Capita Income
USD 510/year (2017)

Poverty rate *
53% (2011)

Literacy rate
32% (2016)

Human Development Index
184th out of 189 countries (2018)

Sierra Leone has made considerable progress since the end of the civil war in 2002, consolidating peace, democracy and improving development indicators. The Sierra Leone government has prioritised and implemented reforms aimed at reducing corruption, providing health care and improving transport, power and public health infrastructures. Despite these significant political and socio-economic achievements, infant and maternal mortality rates are among the worst in the world. Poverty is heavily concentrated in the rural and other urban areas around Freetown. Underemployment remains a challenge and is especially acute in rural areas, compounded by a high level of illiteracy. The Ebola outbreak in 2014 added immense pressure to already fragile health systems.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.