Helping Women Graduate from Extreme Poverty

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. 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.

To date, The BOMA Project has launched 1,681 micro-enterprises across Northern Kenya, impacting the lives of 5,571 adults who use the income and savings to support more than 27,800 children. Total impact: More than 33,000 women and children lifted out of extreme poverty. 

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Recent Posts

  • 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: ....
  • BOMA in Business Daily Africa: Great article on BOMA in the February 25 edition of Business Daily Africa: http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/Women-double-incomes-in-joint-kiosks-ownership-project/-/1248928/2220022/-/4m8xh5/-/index.html ....
  • Watch UN Awards Live!: Today at 12:30 p.m. EST ... Kathleen Colson and Kura Omar will take the stage in Warsaw, Poland to receive a 2013 "Lighthouse Activity" award from the United Nations. Watch it live here: http://unfccc.int/secretariat/momentum_for_change/items/6214.php ....

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ParameterChange
Businesses launched since 20091,681
Savings groups launched since 2011315
New business owners5,571
Dependent children impacted27,800
Women and children lifted from extreme povertyMore than 33,000

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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