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The BOMA Project

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Economic Development, International, International Agricultural Development, International Economic Development, Microfinance, Women, Womens Rights

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 2009, BOMA has impacted more than 86,000 women and children, and launched 3,658 businesses and 672 savings groups. Our goal is to lift 100,000 women and children out of extreme poverty by 2018 and 1 million women and children by 2021.

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: 9,061 women who support more than 43,000 dependent children, enrolled 2,550 new participants, launched 3,658 businesses and 672 savings groups

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.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

BOMA is one of Smarter Good’s long term clients and we've had the privilege to witness how they have been able to help increasing numbers of women and children in the ASALs of Africa. Because of their emphasis on rigorously tracking impact, making data driven decisions, creating long-term change, and designing a program uniquely tailored to the context of women of the African drylands, I consider BOMA one of the most promising leaders in the poverty graduation space and a role model for other organizations in the sector. I recently had the chance to work with BOMA’s board members and senior management team to develop their next strategic plan. I was amazed and inspired by the commitment that each person brought to the table. BOMA has a highly experienced, talented and dedicated board and staff and that gives me the confidence that BOMA will achieve its ambitious goal of changing the lives of 1 million women and children by end of 2022. I would really recommend BOMA as a vision-first organization that will continue to grow and succeed in the coming years.

1 Nancy.Stroupe.Kannappan

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the good fortune of working for BOMA in their Kenya location and am now on their Board. I can tell you firsthand, they value and promote everything I would want to see in a non for profit organization: participant empowerment, data driven results, and validated/sustainable impact. I'm extremely proud to be a part of BOMA.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked for BOMA this summer, and the experience I gained there was amazing. I was interested in working there because I studied abroad in Kenya after my Freshman year and wanted to give back to the country I loved. The work that the BOMA Project does is not only great, but it actually works. The micro-financing techniques that they use to start businesses from the ground-up for communities is exceptional, successful and sustainable. The work that they were able to do was very encouraging, and I am very happy to work with such an exceptional group of people. Thanks, BOMA!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As Foundation Trustees, my husband and I have visited the Boma Project sites in Northern Kenya. We have found Boma to be one of the most effective initiatives we have witnessed in our travels as Funders. The Boma approach to uplifting women and children is a community based, realistic and accountable model. You can be assured that every donation is carefully expended to benefit those who are most in need.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I am a native of the BOMA project's areas of intervention and I'm fortunate in that on several ocassions, I have been able to personally interact with employees and beneficiaries of the BOMA Project in the course of implementing their activities. I must say that BOMA's business set-up model in upper-eastern Kenya is continuing to have a stong and lasting impact in the lives of the pastoralist and semi-pastoralist comminuties they target. There are many success stories where families' living standards have been improved as a result of the BOMA project's intervention thereby enabling them afford not only basic needs as food and clothing, but also medical and educational needs for their families. With increased financial resources available to the BOMA Project, I am confident that the lives of more and more pastoralist communities of upper-eastern Kenya will continue to be transformed.