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Review for The BOMA Project, Manchester Center, VT, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I first joined BOMA as a part-time grantwriter in 2009 and stayed with the organization, in various communications roles, until 2017. I was honored — and often amazed — to watch the organization grow from a small nonprofit that served a few hundred women, with a small group of donors, to the remarkable multi-national poverty graduation powerhouse that it has become. BOMA uses very simple tools to lift ultra-poor women and families out of extreme poverty in one of the most challenging, remote regions of the planet. The simple tools? A small grant, hands-on training and support from professional mentors, and HOPE. The program is powered by an unswerving commitment to rigorous data collection to constantly monitor outcomes and make adjustments when needed. It's also powered by passionate people. BOMA is changing lives every day in rural Africa, and every donor dollar invested in BOMA has exponential impacts in villages across Northern Kenya and beyond.

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Review for The BOMA Project, Manchester Center, VT, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a freelance grant and communications writer for BOMA since 2010. It has been remarkable to watch BOMA's poverty graduation program evolve. At every level, BOMA's staff and leadership are committed to delivering a high-quality program that transforms the life of every participant -- lifting them and their families out of extreme poverty and giving them the tools they need to build a brighter future. In one of the most remote, rural regions on the planet, BOMA is notable for its use of data and technology to analyze outcomes, improve the program and drive innovation. Mentors visit each business and savings group monthly -- often walking many kilometers or riding motorbikes across the scrubland to reach women who are operating successful BOMA-funded kiosks in far-flung settlements. Using tablets with a BOMA -developed application called Performance Insights, they gather extensive data on how each participant, business and savings group is faring --then upload this information in real-time to our cloud-based Salesforce database, where it's read and analyzed by our monitoring and evaluation team. This allows a rapid and targeted response for groups that need support -- and provides the data we need to continually refine the program. While this all sounds wonky, it's this devotion to the nuts-and-bolts that makes BOMA remarkable ... and the stories and gratitude that we constantly hear in the field, from women whose lives have been forever changed by BOMA, are the proof.

Role:  Advisor