We Will Educate

We Will Educate

The rainy season is the most dangerous time, the women of the Nkilepu business group told me. I didn’t understand. The rainy season is what everyone hopes for. It brings accessible fresh water; the grasses start to grow and the cows and goats are once again healthy...
Poverty is the Worst Form of Violence

Poverty is the Worst Form of Violence

Mahatma Ghandi said “poverty is the worst form of violence.” That violence manifests itself in Northern Kenya through people who have poor nutrition and a higher risk of disease. They have a lower life expectancy and inadequate access to healthcare. For children it is...
The Savings Group and the Wife Beater

The Savings Group and the Wife Beater

Maria Lesiil is the BOMA Village Mentor in the Northern Kenya town of Archers Post. She is beautiful and charismatic and held the attention of more than fifty women for the five full hours of the savings training session. About two hours into the training, the women...
Welcome to Kenya B

Welcome to Kenya B

There is a Kenya A and a Kenya B. If you were to divide the country in half, Kenya A is everything south of  Eldoret in the west and Isiolo in the east. Kenya B is to the north – stretching from the border of Somalia to the east and South Sudan and Ethiopia to the...
This Water Belongs In Mombasa

This Water Belongs In Mombasa

It is inevitable that Kura and I would eventually become increasingly removed from the day-to-day work that happens on the ground in our region in Northern Kenya. BOMA now has a new field officer, Meshack, who works closely with our Mentors and businesses, and Kura is...
BOMA Praise from a Kenyan Blogger

BOMA Praise from a Kenyan Blogger

David Muchui, a blogger from Meru, posted this October 16 article about The BOMA Project: Manyatta Banking, Enterprises, Taking Root Among Pastoralist Communities A group of women guide their donkeys through the vast Kaisut Desert of Marsabit County laden with shop...