The Boma Project

Rating: 4.94 stars   36 reviews

Issues: Food, International, Economic Development, Microfinance

Location: PO Box 1865 7272 Main Street, Suite A Manchester Center VT 05255 USA

Mission: The BOMA Project is an innovative microfinance organization that helps ultra-poor women in Northern Kenya to graduate from extreme poverty. We help women start small businesses, so they can earn a sustainable income, survive drought, pay for food and medical care, send their children to school, and accumulate savings for long-term family stability.
Results: Since 2008, BOMA has launched 1,380 businesses across Northern Kenya, changing the lives of 4,668 women who support more than 23,400 children. Our goal is to lift 100,000 women and children out of extreme poverty within five years.
Target demographics: Women living in extreme poverty in Northern Kenya. When we begin working with them, 99 percent of BOMA entrepreneurs live on less than $2.50 per day (the poverty line), while 88 percent live on less than $1.25 per day (the extreme poverty line).
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,200 women (400 businesses per year, three women per business)
Geographic areas served: Laisamis, Loiyangalani, Marsabit and Samburu Districts of Northern Kenya.
Programs: Our cornerstone program, the Rural Entrepreneur Access Project (REAP), provides a seed capital grant, business skills and savings training, and two years of hands-on mentoring by local BOMA Village Mentors to business groups of three women. Once businesses are established and earning profits, we help them to assemble committed savings associations for business expansion and individual interest-bearing loans.
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Rating: 5 stars  

My wife and I just returned from two weeks in the field with Kathleen and Kura to visit BOMA's important work in the drylands of Northern Kenya - one of the poorest regions of the world, and one of the most vulnerable to climate change. BOMA provides a combination of small monetary grants and basic business training and mentorship to help women establish new sources of income. As these new businesses take hold - small shops, butcheries, fish and livestock traders - BOMA also helps support the establishment of savings associations among participants to create a hedge against the perils of drought.

The impact we witnessed was astounding. We heard story after story of economic empowerment, of self-reliance, of successful savings strategies. The savings groups established by BOMA's women have helped to strengthen communities and save lives by providing small loans to pay for emergency transport to hospital, for school fees, or for helping the neediest. We were overwhelmed by the gratitude expressed by the women we met for the tools, the support, and the awareness that BOMA has provided them. These women deserve all the credit for the success of the program. Thank you BOMA for giving them that opportunity!

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I have been a Board member for three years but supported BOMA even before that. BOMA's work is direct, sustainable and measurable, and the results are life-changing. The poorest of the poor are resourced and empowered with the tools to enable them to change their own lives, gaining dignity and respect in their communities and creating micro and fledgling economies. Perhaps most impressive is the strong commitment of the organization to locally-led and transparent leadership, mentoring and programs.

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Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The BOMA Fund is an organization which is committed to helping people who are in desperate conditions, to extract themselves from poverty, and do that in a sustainable way. Their micro financing model has evolved and improved and the success rates are close to 100%. Permanent solutions to poverty in neglected parts of the world merit our support!

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Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Boma is an extremely innovative economic development strategy. It empowers people - particularly women - in one of the harshest environments on earth to become economically self sufficient. The program has had a measurable impact on so many aspects of human well being, from improved health and education, to better nutrition, to increased confidence and a stronger sense of community. There are very few programs that are truly innovative in the way Boma is. It surely deserves your support.

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Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a former professional with ten years in the field, I have seen a great deal of development work. The Boma Project is among the best organizations I have ever seen. It combines high quality professionalism with heartfelt commitment. They conduct thorough assessments and evaluations, they proceed based on their findings. They listen to their constituents, and develop programs accordingly. in this way The Boma Project facilitates commitment, ownership, and leadership at the project level. There is a lot to be learned by looking at the pioneering work of The Boma Project; the organization brings together the best in participatory development,

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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4 people found this review helpful

This organization is the finest example of efficient use of donor funds: low overhead, incredible frugal team, great listeners. And the work is guided by the Kenyans on the ground, building capacity to no longer need help. Wonderful!

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Dramatic improveement in personal self esteem and control over their own destiny in the women in Laisamis Kenya

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2010-4-01

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The Boma Fund is recreating micro-enterprise development. Working in the remote villages of Northern Kenya, The Boma Fund’s ground-breaking grass-roots Rural Entrepreneur Access Project (REAP) is spurring the creation of micro-businesses by providing grants and the necessary ongoing support, training and mentoring to ensure success.

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