We are very proud and pleased to share that BOMA Co-Founder and Kenya Program Director Kura Omar was selected as one of the 2018 class of the Aspen Institute’s New Voices Fellowship. The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and
We are partnering with the International Centre of Social Franchising (ICSF) to help us work out the best way to scale our impact. Raili Marks and fellow ICSF team members recently visited the field to get a firsthand insight into how the BOMA Project works. Below is an account of Raili’s experience. I sit observing
As world leaders gather in Copenhagen for women’s health, we’re highlighting the reality of access to health amongst one of the world’s most impoverished and isolated populations: pastoralist women in sub-Saharan Africa. BOMA participant, Adhi Goba, experienced chest pain for years. She would often wake up in the middle of the night with difficulty breathing.
More than once, Choro Lemuson begged the headmaster of her children’s’ school to let her kids remain in class with no uniforms. She could barely afford the school fees for her seven children, let alone uniforms. “I felt very embarrassed for them,” says Choro “but that was the best I could do.” Before receiving a BOMA grant three years ago,
Over the past decade, Kenya has become a leader in the development of mobile banking technology. While many urban areas in the country have adopted m-banking services, sparsely populated regions have been relatively unaffected by this technological advancement. In December 2015, BOMA, in partnership with Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), developed a mobile banking system to
Bone Guyo used to beg neighbors and shopkeepers for food for her children. Her husband did not work and her only source of income came from her livestock. When the drought came and the livestock suffered, Bone had nowhere to turn. “Those were very hard times,” remembers Bone, “I was sometimes able to sleep, but
Over the past two weeks, BOMA Field Staff have been busy distributing grants and giving trainings in 15 of our locations. 215 BOMA Business Groups received additional grants for their businesses. During the trainings, Business Groups also formed larger Savings Groups, which are important for shock-preparedness in case of drought or other emergencies. Check out
Over the next three weeks, 951 new BOMA participants in 22 communities will receive jump grants to start 317 businesses. Take a look below at the events of last week’s grant distribution session in Kargi. We look forward to seeing what these 60 remarkable women accomplish!
Happy World Humanitarian Day! Today we are joining others in celebrating the remarkable spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world. We are constantly inspired by stories of other like-minded humanitarians and organizations who dare to take on big problems that are deemed by many to be unsolvable. In the words of our CEO and Co-Founder, Kathleen Colson, “it
Last week, BOMA mentors and staff met in Archers Post for the annual BOMA Mentor Workshop (BMW). The workshop was 5 days and consisted of a variety of training sessions, organizational updates, and reflections. Our BOMA Village Mentors are the heart and soul of the REAP program in the field. BOMA is committed to supporting