I had the pleasure of working with The BOMA Project throughout the Summer of 2017. As a St. Lawrence University Student, I traveled to Kenya previously and witness firsthand the work other nonprofit organizations are doing in East Africa. The BOMA Project stands out from these organizations because of their prioritization of a culturally relevant and locally-led poverty graduation model. Their gender-based approach to poverty graduation acknowledges the ability women have within these communities to reinvest in their families and catalyze change. In addition, their approach is rooted in knowledge of the area and the people with whom they work. Overall, The BOMA Project is a transparent organization that produces real, effective results, and I feel confident in BOMA's ability to continue positively impacting the lives of women and children in Northern Kenya.
I volunteered with this organization over the Summer of 2017 in their U.S. based office in Manchester, Vermont and found that this nonprofit far exceeded my expectations. I came to the BOMA Project to see the inner workings of an international nonprofit and found dedicated and hardworking professionals, an acceptance and kindness to a student just trying and learn, and an honest openness to my opinion on social media projects and research for actual use in the field, as well as other projects. I know that I made a great decision in volunteering with BOMA for my summer and I would recommend the same position to any college age student looking to make a bit of difference in the world. Being on the U.S. side of things I was able to see the compassion and dedication from every staff member. Every move they make, they have their participants in mind. They are truly working toward building a better future for women in Kenya and spreading this wealth to as many places as possible. Women in extreme poverty in areas most affected by climate change are some of the most vulnerable people in the world. By giving them the tools they need to create a sustainable livelihood, BOMA is having lasting impact on these women, years after they have left the region. Girls are being sent to school, mothers are business owners, and no one goes to bed hungry - these are real and lasting results and these outcomes are motivation to every staff member in the U.S. office.
I was so lucky to get the opportunity to volunteer for the BOMA Project in Kenya this past summer, and I cannot say enough wonderful things about the work this organization does. In traveling to the field and meeting participants of BOMA's poverty graduation program, it is so clear how instrumental the work that BOMA does is and how greatly appreciated BOMA and its employees are in the communities wherein they work. I was especially impressed by how well BOMA is able to respect and work within the pastoralist cultural tradition to bring social and economic change to empower women. BOMA employs mentors and field officers from within the communities in which the organization works and joins women into business and savings groups. Through this strategic model, the relationship that the organization builds with (and among) its beneficiaries is truly unique and sets BOMA apart from any other nonprofit in the economic development and women's empowerment space.
BOMA has had such an impact on so many women, not only in Africa, but the donating countries. It is a heartwarming story of the positive effect of caring and a bit of cash.
BOMA is a model for all non-profits working in Africa focused on economic development. The organization's deep and nuanced understanding of local dynamics on the ground, its commitment to its beneficiaries, and its insistence on conducting all of its operations with the highest standards of transparency and integrity combine to make BOMA a truly first-rate organization. The demonstrated positive impact that BOMA has in the areas that it works in is a reflection of all of the years of hard work that the organization's staff in Kenya and the US have put in to bring the organization to where it is today.
I interned with The BOMA Project during Summer 2014 after studying in Kenya during the Fall of 2013. I've learned so much about international development, economics, people, nonprofits, and so much more. What has struck me the most has been the careful attention to detail, data, and studies. BOMA does not dive into development with "expert" bias, but does hold itself accountable to the standards and monitoring of an "expert." The amount of passion and willingness to grow at BOMA is infectious and encourages me to delve deeper into development, but of course with the meticulous, conscious eye of the BOMA family.
I am currently working as a research intern for the BOMA project. I studied abroad in Kenya from January-May of 2014. Though I returned to the United States, my time abroad fostered a life-long love for Kenya. Although my semester had to come to an end, I knew that I had to remain involved, thus I began working for BOMA.
As a political science major, I have done my fair share of research about what makes an effective nonprofit, and have seen many examples of unsuccessful organizations. BOMA on the other hand, is undeniably effective. Whether looking at the statistics of how we have impacted women in Northern Kenya, or reading quotes from the women themselves, it is clear that BOMA is changing lives.
I am so proud to be a part of this organization, and am excited to watch its influence grow.
I am a Peace Corps Volunteer working with The BOMA Project. I joined the PC because I wanted to make a difference in someone's life. BOMA does exactly that--it changes these women's lives and the lives of their family. I am so lucky to be working with BOMA and a part of something larger than myself. Seeing first hand the impact BOMA has had on these women has been a life changing experience and their smiles will forever be ingrained in my memory.
I interned with The BOMA Project in 2010. After studying abroad in Kenya during school, I was looking to return to Africa - when I heard about BOMA's internship, I knew it would be a great stepping stone to do so. My experience at BOMA was not only a great learning experience, but opened my eyes to the fundamentals of how a transparent non profit organization should do things. Kathleen and the entire staff are extremely dedicated to the ultimate mission of their organization and it's been a pleasure watching them grow, transform and expand into one of East Africa's leaders in the non profit/NGO world. After leaving BOMA, I entered the Peace Corps for a brief period of time, returning to Africa, and was confident in applying the knowledge and tools that I gained through my experience at BOMA to my new role as a volunteer. BOMA is a wonderful cause and one that I will continue to support in the future.
I had the privilege of interning at The BOMA Project in early 2013. I evaluated, analyzed, and interpreted the effectiveness of loan-based and grand-based microlending schemes. I specifically looked at how each method is implemented in populations of extreme rural poverty--such as the populations BOMA works with in rural northern Kenya. I felt both supported and challenged during my internship experience. Witnessing the daily operations of this dynamic and ambitious nonprofit solidified my confidence in BOMA's ability to truly effect change. By focusing on an specific population in a particular region, BOMA works tirelessly to change lives and take strides forward. From the director to the interns to the technological assistance, The BOMA Project is well-led, well-staffed and well-funded. BOMA is firmly committed to its cause and this shows throughout the organization. I strongly support the BOMA Project.
The BOMA Project is a innovation leader in rural economic development internationally. By providing grants to women to start businesses in Northern Kenya through their Rural Entrepreneur Access Project (REAP), BOMA is helping to shake the ground of poverty. BOMA provides the resources for women to start businesses, provides training, and feedback through their mentor relationships. The success stories are incredible, and their impact earth shattering -- they're helping to alleviate poverty one woman, one family at a time. More than 3,700 have graduated from or are participating in their two-year program!
I have been a volunteer with the BOMA Project since August. When I first learned about BOMA, I was really captivated by their grants based micro enterprise program (REAP ), a tool for fighting poverty in the drought prone region of Northern Kenyan. I am a Kenyan, but I have never been to the North. Everything I know of this region derives from the media - which almost always is something negative: drought, hunger, cattle raids... That someone was taking the chance to make a difference in a region that even my own government ignores was commendable if not inspiring. Over the last two months I have spent numerous hours working with the data this organization diligently collects from all its beneficiaries. My favorite moment in the whole process was moving from working with baseline data to working with endline data. There is nothing more touching than seeing women who only several months back sent their children to bed hungry, women who could not afford to send their children to school and had not a single penny in savings, not only report that they can now feed their children and send them to school, but also that they now for the first time feel they have a purpose in life. BOMA is a small organization but the magnitude of their impact definitely struck me. A deep passion for making a difference drives this organization and it is certainly infectious. I could not be prouder to be associated with this organization.
I had the pleasure of volunteering for BOMA this summer. I was excited to help out at an organization that has such a cool mission. As I spent time there, I began to learn that BOMA is really making a positive impact on women’s lives in the most marginalized part of Kenya. As a young person trying to find my way in life, I am grateful to have volunteered at BOMA, and hope to achieve even a fraction of what BOMA has achieved and will achieve in the future.
If you are interested in helping out development work, this is a great organization to give your support to! I’ve seen what a difference it makes in peoples lives!