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BOMA Village Mentors

BOMA Village Mentors and operations director Kura Omar at the 2012 Mentor University training session in Archer’s Post.

BOMA’s full-time Village Mentors are dedicated to helping the communities in which they live. As hands-on leaders and role models in the Rural Entrepreneur Access Project (REAP), they identify and qualify prospective entrepreneurs, help them to write a business plan, and deliver job-skills and micro-savings training programs. They then mentor each business for two years to ensure success. Mentors also play a key role in establishing and mentoring the REAP savings and loans associations, and in gathering the data that BOMA uses to measure the impact of the program on participants’ lives.

Mentors are respected community members with professional experience, such as school teachers, community development workers and business owners. They are extensively trained and supported by the BOMA field staff in Kenya. For BOMA Village Mentor bios and photos, scroll down.

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Peter “Uncle Sam” Amiyo

Peter “Uncle Sam” Amiyo (Korr): Peter is a father of three young children. He has extensive local business experience, working with several small enterprises alongside his wife in Korr. Previously, Uncle Sam was an aide to the late MP, working in the constituency office. Uncle Sam has been a business mentor for two years and in that time has also accompanied BOMA staff on impact assessments and other trips to the field to serve as a translator. He particularly enjoys “helping and learning from people in the community.” A skilled basketball player, Uncle Sam has the smoothest jump shot south of Lake Turkana.

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Halima Arbele

Halima Arbele (Korr): Halima is the mother of seven school-aged children, ages 17 to 5, with another on the way. For the past eight years she has run a successful local foodstuffs store in her village of Korr, where she also makes and sells beaded jewelry. Halima has been active with BOMA for some time, helping many of Korr’s participants with their record keeping. She was also an important part of BOMA’s microsavings pilot program that has now been introduced region-wide. Additionally, Halima is the chair leader for a local women’s group. Halima believes that “BOMA is very good. They help us and our people.”

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Jane Naimirdik

Jane Nadungkura Naimirdik (Loglogo): A mother of four children, Jane has operated a local kiosk, selling food and basic household supplies, for two years. Jane has been a business mentor in Loglogo for two years and enjoys her role as BVM because she has the opportunity “to help other people in the community open up their mind in business-making so that they do a diversity of things.”

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Anthony Lbalang’a

Anthony Lminting Lbalang’a (Namarey): Anthony is married and the father of two children. He attended St. Paul’s secondary school in Marsabit Town and earned a diploma from the International Teacher’s Training College. He frequently volunteers at the Lengima Primary School by teaching classes. He is excited about his new job as a BOMA Village Mentor because it will allow him to earn an income in his own community and live with his family.

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Peter Leamo

Peter Lpitarin Leamo (Ngurunit): Peter attended Ngago Secondary School in Meru and has a diploma in Community Development from the Kenya Institute of Social Sciences. He has previously worked with World Vision as a surveyor and is involved with HIV outreach within the Ngurunit community. Peter became interested in the position of BOMA Village Mentor because he “wants to stay in the community and do work with marginalized people who do not have an education.” His passions are working with youth and the unemployed.

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Christopher Lekasula

Christopher Ltatinoi Lekasula (Songa): Christopher is a married father of three children, ages seven months to five years. He is also the guardian of his sister’s seven-year-old daughter. Christopher attended Laisamis Secondary School and worked in the tourism industry for seven years before moving to Songa and starting a family. Before he joined BOMA, Christopher was working with a youth group that worked on farming projects. “I’ve seen what The BOMA Project is doing in the community. I like that the poor mothers are being assisted. I want to help BOMA to meet its goals in the community and since helping the needy has always been my hobby, I’m sure this is the right organization for me.”

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William Lemasayo

William Lemasayo (Illaut): William was one of the first volunteer BOMA Village Mentors. He started working with the organization in 2009 but left mid-2010 to pursue his diploma in Community Development from the Kenya Institute for Development Studies. William is excited about resuming his work in Illaut with The BOMA Project because he “wants the community to come out of poverty and has seen BOMA address this problem.”

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David Ltapwa

David Leparporori Ltapwa (Karare): David is a 28-year-old father of a one-year-old daughter named Katarina. He attended Chuka High School in Meru and has his diploma in Tour Guiding Administration from the Air Travel Tour Training College in Nairobi. He has worked for several organizations in his community, including as a field officer for Africa Child Aid Program and as a volunteer for the Red Cross. He has also worked with the International Livestock Research Institute, the Hunger Safety Net Programme and CARE Kenya. Regarding BOMA: “I have seen that people in Karare are starting businesses that can improve their lives and I want to be a part of that.”

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Benjamin Leumas Letuke (South Horr): Benjamin joined the BOMA team as a BVM in 2012 but had been learning from the previous South Horr business mentor, Rebecca, by assisting her long before he took on an official role. Benjamin attended Kenyatta University where he earned his diploma in Early Childhood Education. He has taught Class 1 and Class 8 Social Studies at South Horr Primary School. With BOMA, Benjamin seeks to address the high levels of poverty he sees in his village: “We are trying to inspire people to be self-reliant.”

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Lucy Lenarokushu

Lucy Saliwan Lenarokushu (Gatab): Lucy is 25 years old, married and the mother of a two-year-old daughter. She attended Moi Girls Secondary School in Maralal. Lucy is very involved in the Gatab community.  She is the secretary of Tamiyoi Women Group, an organization that promotes HIV awareness and condom use. She’s also a leader in the local African Inland Church.  Lucy is excited about the position of BOMA Village Mentor because it will give her an “opportunity to work within the community and to empower local women.” In her free time, Lucy enjoys singing, dancing, traveling and playing volleyball.

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Judy Wambille

Judy Nkidison Wambille (Kargi): Judy is a married mother of three young girls with another child on the way. Her family also provides for an orphan from the community. Judy attended high school at Moi Girls in Marsabit. She has worked with the International Livestock Research Institute as a numerator and as a livestock insurance agent with a prominent Kenyan microfinance bank. Judy’s interest in The BOMA Project stems from her desire “to help people in my area by educating them about development and business.” After a year of work with BOMA, Judy finds she likes doing business and continues to enjoy working with NGOs.

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Mohamed Welly Kimogol (Loiyangalani): At the age of 21, Welly is the second-youngest member of the BOMA staff. He is originally from Loiyangalani but has recently been living in Marsabit, where he volunteered for two years for the Kenya Red Cross. “I want to give business information to my community and show them the way to succeed in business,” he says. Welly enjoys swimming, traveling and reading novels.

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Adan Orguba

Adan Alice Orguba (Laisamis): Alice is completing a degree in Business Administration, Logistics, and Supply from Nairobi University. In addition to her Certificate in Community Development and Social Work, Alice brings a wealth of experience to BOMA, having worked with World Vision Kenya, the Kenyan Red Cross, and VSF Germany all throughout Northern Kenya as a field assistant and volunteer. She is the first-born in her family and enjoys reading novels, dancing, and swimming. Reflecting on BOMA at home in Laisamis, Alice notes, “Community members see us in town and they are proud of us. BOMA has changed things already: Our County Council organized a meeting recently. They were trying to see which project in Laisamis was helping our community the most, and BOMA was number one.”

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Ali Rage

Ali Ibrahim Rage (Kargi): Married with four daughters and one son, Ali has performed data collection work with the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) and worked as a writing instructor in Kargi. He also served as chairman of his local Arid Land Community Development Committee. Outside of work, he can be found reading newspapers and joking with his colleagues. “This organization is empowering our women, and this is my goal. When BOMA came forward, they brought a lot of changes. These businesses are competing with the wholesalers now.”

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Julieta Lekerpes

Julieta Neiteti Lekerpes (Wamba): Julieta received her diploma in Business Management from the Kenya Institute of Management. Coming from a family of 11 brothers and sisters, she has worked as a registration clerk with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. Julieta has also completed an internship with the District Commissioner’s Office in Meru in the main registry and filing departments. An enthusiastic traveler and fan of movies, Julieta joined team BOMA because “BOMA deals with the community to ensure that the poor uplift their living standards.”

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Maria Khoyan

Maria Grazia Khoyan (Archer’s Post): Maria is a young, educated mother from the village of Archer’s Post who joined BOMA as a full-time mentor in January 2012. Since then, she has helped to launch 40 small businesses in her village, changing the lives of 120 women. Maria has also become an effective advocate for education, successfully encouraging the women she works with to send their children to school.“I am happy and proud of the change that I have brought to my community,” says Maria. “My people are prospering and my community is moving out of poverty.” In 2013, Maria was a finalist for a $10,000 award from Students Rebuild / Half the Sky.

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Nelson Lenaikoi

Nelson Naingola Lenaikoi (Olturot): Nelson received his diploma in Business Management from the Kenya Institute of Management. Committed to poverty alleviation, he has worked with Food for the Hungry in his local community. Leading up to the 2013 Kenyan presidential election, Nelson worked with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), first as a biometric voter registration clerk and later as Deputy Presiding Officer of the Olturot polling station. He is an avid footballer and enjoys readings novels and watching movies in his spare time. Nelson joined team BOMA because “this job is being done at the community level – it is a pleasure to work with my people.”

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Matthew Molu

Matthew Molu (Galas): Matthew received his diploma in Disaster Preparedness and Management from Premese Africa in Nairobi. He also holds a certificate in Guiding and Counseling from Nairobi University, after which he worked with the Kenya Prison Services for five years. More recently, Matthew has contributed to the Pastoralist Integrated Support Program’s (PISP) girl child initiative. He loves to read and has a passion for interacting with fellow community members. “I believe in myself as an agent of change, working toward the eradication of poverty. I saw that BOMA was a new project wanting people to be self-reliant in a practical way. I hope we can continue to expand this work.”

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Amina Boru

Amina Boru (North Horr): Hailing from North Horr, Amina received her diploma in Community Health and Development from Premese Africa Development Institute in Nairobi. She has four sisters and two brothers. During college, Amina interned with the Pastoralist Integrated Support Program (PISP) as a community mobilizer in the areas of health and sanitation. She has also supervised a field team with VSF Germany. While she enjoys socializing and traveling, Amina also “wants to work closely with women to empower them and to guarantee their rights to improve their situation. They will improve their living standard through business, and by learning how to save.”

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Roba Ganya

Roba Ganya (Maikona): Roba brings several years of experience to BOMA. He studied Electrical Engineering at the Rift Valley Technical Training Institute in Eldoret and worked as a Safaricom technician for 2 ½ years. At home in Maikona, Roba assisted in camel distributions with the Pastoralist Community Initiative Development and Assistance (PACIDA) project. He is active with Uwezo Kenya, a community-driven effort to unite teachers and parents around improved primary education. Roba has also coached a local Mikona soccer team that competes regionally throughout North Horr. He is recently married and expects children soon. “My hobby is social work. I want to be closer to people. The intention of BOMA is to make people depend on themselves – to use their sweat to make a living; in fact it was this that drew me to BOMA. I saw something in it.”

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Sallo Bagaja

Sallo Bagaja (Kalacha): Married with one son, Sallo is a recent college graduate from Nairobi’s Premese Africa Development Institute with a diploma in Community Health and Development. She interned with Food for the Hungry in Marsabit where she conducted community trainings, collected survey data, and carried out needs assessments. She also spent time with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) as a registration clerk. When she has time to spare, Sallo enjoys socializing with friends and reading the paper. As a BOMA Village Mentor, Sallo looks forward to training groups on business and savings basics. In her words, “My work is among the community. I will help give community members the skills to run businesses and improve their living standards.”

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Mamo Bathi

Mamo Mary Bathi (North Horr): Mamo comes to BOMA with experience in capacity building and a commitment to community service. He formed and instructed local groups on savings and loans while working with CARE International. Mamo also leads Sunday school at his Catholic Church and provides volunteer translation services for catechism after mass. He plays goalkeeper on a football team organized by the Constituency Development Fund (CDF). “BOMA really has concerns with the poor people in my area. The main thing is learning how to start a business, so that they can cater for their own livelihood. As BOMA is introduced in our community, people will gain interest in business – how to compete with each other – and this will have a positive impact.”

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Felista Santuru

Felista Santuru (Loiyangalani): Hailing from the Kulamawe village of Loiyangalani, Felista supports REAP micro-enterprises launched on the shores of Lake Turkana. She has served as volunteer with Food for the Hungry (FH), assisting in the areas of HIV awareness and peer education. Before joining BOMA, Felista taught primary school students to read and write through the Pastoralist Integrated Support Program (PISP). With time to spare, Felista enjoys singing and dancing. Eager to uplift the most marginalized, she comes to BOMA with “a drive to build businesses and improve lives.”

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Augustine Lekilio

Augustine Lekilio (Merille): Augustine comes from Merille in Marsabit County, where he has served as a Mentor since November 2013. Prior to joining the BOMA team, he worked as a counselor with the Semi-Arid L&S Training and Livestock Improvement Centers of Kenya for several years in Isiolo. More recently, he has completed his tenure as a Project Monitor with the Constituency Development Fund (CDF). Augustine enjoys long-distance running and is married with four boys and three girls.

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Joseph Deng

Joseph Jiba Denge (Kalacha): Joseph brings a love of teaching to his position as a BOMA Village Mentor. Originally from the “Lala salama” village (meaning “Sleep well” in Swahili) of Kalacha, he worked for three years as a Peace Ambassador with the Catholic Diocese of Marsabit in Karare Town. He spent over a year as an English and Science instructor at Kalacha Primary School. Joseph was captain of his high school’s volleyball team and has an affinity for darts and billiards. He brings enthusiasm and perspective to a crucial new set of responsibilities: “From the moment I attended the first interest meeting, I told myself, ‘I will apply for this job.’ Working with children is like working with mamas, and this is what I am meant to do.”

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Francis Lekopir

Francis Lekopir (Laisamis): Francis calls Laisamis home, and with the exception of secondary school in central Kenya, has spent his entire life surrounded by the very BOMA participants he now has the opportunity to mentor. As a student, Francis worked closely with World Vision in implementing child sponsorship programs. He has also served as an active participant in town cleanups, sanitation, and community mobilization projects run by Veterinarians Without Borders (VSF). Keen on math since day one, Francis looks forward to working with BOMA businesses on record-keeping and profit calculations. He’s team secretary for the Laisamis League’s highest-performing football team, the T-Stars.

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Boniface Lelikoo

Boniface Lelikoo (Archer’s Post): Since completing his secondary education at Igoji Boys’ High School in 2002, Boniface has compiled a series of experiences centering on social work and community development. He has worked as an activist and facilitator with the Committee on Violence Against Women (COVAW), discussing sensitive issues such as FGM and shared rights with local community members. He has also volunteered with the Pastoralist Child Foundation and currently serves as a member of the Lerata Youth Group. Previously, he worked on a contract basis with the Samburu Game and Samburu Sentrim Lodges, as well as with the British Army Training Unit of Kenya (BATUK) as a local community worker. Before joining BOMA full-time as a Mentor in April 2014, he worked for BOMA as an enumerator, gathering impact data in the field.

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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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