Helping Women Graduate from Extreme Poverty

The BOMA Project is a U.S. nonprofit and Kenyan NGO with a proven track record, measurable results and a transformative approach to alleviating poverty and building resiliency in the drylands of Africa. Our Rural Entrepreneur Access Project (REAP) replaces aid with sustainable income and helps women to “graduate” from extreme poverty by giving them the tools they need to start small businesses in their communities. With this new and diversified source of income, they can feed their families, pay for school fees and medical care, accumulate savings for long-term stability, survive drought and adapt to a changing climate.

Since January 2009, BOMA has launched 1,973 micro-enterprises across Northern Kenya, changing the lives of more than 38,000 women and children. Our goal is to lift 100,000 women and children out of extreme poverty within five years.

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What’s New at BOMA

Recent Posts

  • TaroWorks Field Visit: On October 16 and 17, Rowan Emslie and Enrique Costoya, two fellows at TaroWorks, visited our Nanyuki office and then traveled to a field site at Archer's Post, where they met with members of a BOMA savings group and BOMA Village Mentor Boniface Leliko. TaroWorks is a suite of mobile technology tools primarily designed for field staff working in remote areas. It's built on the Salesforce platform and accessed in the field via Android devices. Through this new digital technology, BOMA can upload data from the field and provide real-time feedback for the monitoring and support of our BOMA businesses, ....
  • BOMA in new UN documentary: The BOMA Project is featured in a new United Nations documentary that spotlights nine organizations making a difference in confronting climate change. The 22-minute documentary, Climate Heroes: Stories of Change (http://ow.ly/BXTd6), takes a trip around the world to see on-the-ground climate-change action, from Africa to Australia. In 2013, BOMA was recognized by the United Nations for its innovative work with women living in extreme poverty and impacted by climate change in the drylands of Africa. BOMA was honored in the “Women for Results” category as one of six programs worldwide that “demonstrate the leadership and participation of women in addressing climate ....
  • Mulago Team Visits BOMA: A team from the Mulago Foundation—Kevin Starr (managing director), Laura Hattendorf (portfolio director) and Kristin Gilliss (associate portfolio director)—spent  five days in Northern Kenya in June. They met the BOMA staff in Nanyuki and Marsabit to learn more about our work with ultra-poor women, and then visited BOMA businesses and savings groups in Kargi, Korr and Lengima. The trip also include a dinner with a local village chief and two BOMA Mentors, Ali Rage and Judy Wambille. In October, we’re looking forward to hosting a field team from the Segal Family Foundation (SFF). BOMA’s co-founder, Kura Omar, and our project director, ....
  • BOMA Goes Digital: When BOMA’s Village Mentors gathered in South Horr in July for a five-day training workshop, high on the agenda was the distribution of brand-new tablets. After extensive training, Mentors are now using the wireless devices to collect important data on BOMA businesses and savings groups in the field. The tablets use TaroWorks, a suite of mobile technology tools that are integrated with our cloud-based, customized Salesforce.com database. It’s a big leap forward from the paper surveys we’ve been using since 2009! The tablets will transform our ability to support our 28 full-time Mentors, businesses and savings groups in several key ways: When visiting ....
  • BOMA Sponsors Lake Turkana Festival: On the coast of Lake Turkana, a three-day festival will celebrate the diverse cultures of Northern Kenya. The 7th annual Lake Turkana Cultural Festival runs from June 13-15 in Loiyangalani, Marsabit County, Kenya. At least 12 of the region’s ethnic groups--including the El Molo, Samburu, Gabbra, Rendille, Turkana, Watta, Dasannach, Pokot and Borana--will share their histories, arts and crafts, dances and other traditions. The BOMA Project has joined this year as a lead sponsor. “The festival celebrates the rich heritage of the ethnic groups who live in the drylands of Northern Kenya,” says Kathleen Colson, founder and CEO of The BOMA ....
  • Seeds of Hope: Thanks to the Skees Family Foundation for sharing this BOMA story on the "Seeds of Hope" blog: We Have Seen What These Women Can Do Saturday, April 5th, 2014 Today's guest blog post features Kathleen Colson of The BOMA Project. The BOMA Project is a U.S. nonprofit and registered Kenyan NGO with a proven track record, measurable results and a transformative approach to alleviating poverty and building resiliency in the arid lands of rural Africa. BOMA's Rural Entrepreneur Access Project (REAP) replaces aid with sustainable income and helps women to “graduate” from extreme poverty by giving them the tools they need to start small ....
  • New BOMA Video: Last November, BOMA was honored by the United Nations as one of 17 "Lighthouse Activities" worldwide. We were recognized as one of six "Women for Results" programs around the world that offer innovative women-led solutions to climate change. Click on the blue link above to see the video the UN produced to spotlight our work: ....

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ParameterChange
Businesses launched since 20092,301
Savings groups launched since 2011315
Number of women enrolled since 20097,431
Dependent children impacted37,000
Women and children lifted from extreme povertyMore than 44,000

Impact on Women and Children at One Year

Parameter Change
Eating meat 54% increase
Buying rice 83% increase
Children going to bed without food 63% decrease

Impact on Women and Children at Three Years

ParameterChange
Children attending school78% increase
Made home improvements95%
Built a latrine20%
Enrolled in literacy programs41%

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