After Ebola: 4 Families Who Rebuilt their Lives in Sierra Leone

USAID cash transfers helped thousands get enough to eat so families could focus on the future

Aminata Kamara is the mother of twin girls and a young boy. During the Ebola crisis, she couldn’t afford to take care of all three children, so a neighbor took in one of the twins. Making barely enough for one meal a day by begging, she and her children couldn’t even sleep in their own house because the roof leaked. All that changed when she got help from USAID and a kind neighbor. / Jessica Hartl, USAID
Abu Bakar (at left) and his neighbors in Mabayanko village have planted this plot of land with maize and peanuts, with help from day laborers. As the crops begin to take seed and grow, they take turns to weed the fields and ensure birds are not eating the seeds. / Jessica Hartl, USAID
Kalil Fufonah, a father of three, lives in Rotenmendi village. He is pictured here with the two kids his new goat recently had. Because his older son died from Ebola, he has now trained his 10-year-old son to help care for the goats when not in school. / Jessica Hartl, USAID
Umu Kamara is a mother of five, a savings group member, a cash transfer recipient, a farmer and a petty trader. Her active engagement in the life of her community has helped her and her neighbors get back on their feet after Ebola. / Jessica Hartl, USAID

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