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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Recent Posts

  • 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: ....
  • 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 ....
  • United Nations Honors BOMA for Women-Led Climate-Change Solution: The BOMA Project has been named one of 17 “Lighthouse Activities” worldwide by the United Nation’s Momentum for Change initiative. The winners will be honored at a November 20 ceremony in Warsaw, Poland during the UN’s annual climate-change conference.   “These activities are beacons of hope,” said Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. “They highlight some of the most practical, scalable and replicable examples of what people, businesses, governments and industries are doing to tackle climate change.” Climate change is creating longer droughts every year in Northern Kenya and is endangering a culture that has long depended ....
  • BOMA Featured on CGAP Blog: BOMA is featured on the CGAP "Learning from Different Approaches" blog. CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) is an independent policy and research center dedicated to advancing financial access for the world's poor. Check it out: http://graduation.cgap.org/2013/10/01/the-boma-project-building-resiliency-in-the-arid-lands/ ....

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ParameterChange
Businesses launched since 20091,973
Savings groups launched since 2011315
Number of business owners since 20096,447
Dependent children impacted32,200
Women and children lifted from extreme povertyMore than 38,000

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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