The Boma Project Inc.
BOMA implements a high-impact poverty graduation program for ultra-poor women in the drought-threatened arid lands.841671995
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For Nabolu Lenure, education is the top priority. She uses her income, savings and loans from her BOMA-funded small business -– a kiosk in the Northern Kenyan village of Karare -- to pay for tuition, fees, uniforms, and shoes for her children. “I’ve never gone to school, so I don’t know how to read or write,” she says. “I didn’t get that opportunity. Now it’s time to give this opportunity to my children. I have seen that school is good.”Nabolu grew up in a remote livestock-herding camp and entered an arranged marriage at a young age, exchanged by her parents for ten cows. She prays she will always have enough income so that her daughters can stay in school. Her oldest son attends university, and she couldn’t be more proud.“I’m selling milk, working hard,” she says of the micro-enterprise she operates with her two BOMA business partners. “It’s difficult, but we have learned a lot of things. And we will see the fruits when our children complete school and get good jobs.”
Updates from the field:
Despite the global progress in reducing the number of people living below $1.25 a day, extreme poverty rates have actually increased in Sub-Saharan Africa in the last two decades. The arid and semi-arid lands of Africa, 40% of the continent, represents the true “last mile” of extreme poverty. Here, the harsh effects of climate change and endemic extreme poverty persistently undermines the well-being of women and children.
What we do
BOMA’s Rural Entrepreneur Access Project (REAP) is a unique adaptation of a poverty graduation program. We provide a sequence of interventions over the course of two years for women living in extreme poverty: conditional cash transfers, sustained training in business skills, savings and digital finance and hands-on local mentoring and coaching in life skills by trained local mentors.
What distinguishes us?
With an established and data-driven model that gives pastoral woman the skills and resources they need to earn a sustainable income, accumulate savings and end their dependence on humanitarian aid, our program is transformative: Upon exit participants report increased household spending on food (90% increase), education (132% increase) and medical care (195%). Since 2009, BOMA has reached over 50,000 women and children.