THE BOMA PROJECT is building resilience to end extreme poverty in Africa’s drylands. Now more than ever, there is an urgent need for solutions that build resilience among the most vulnerable. The COVID-19 pandemic has plunged an additional 70 to 100 million people into extreme poverty and climate change threatens millions more.
In response, BOMA is ambitiously expanding our proven poverty graduation model to 3 million women, youth, and refugees by 2027. LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR MODEL ›
BOMA is thrilled to announce the election of Elsie Mbugua, Founder and Managing Director of Leadwood Energy — an award-winning specialist energy advisory company focusing on renewable energy and the oil and gas sectors in Africa, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya — as Vice Chair of the BOMA Global Board of Directors.
Women are more likely to experience extreme poverty than men, which often means they lack access to the resources and knowledge that would enable them to build resilience to shocks such as those caused by the climate crisis. Recent projections estimate up to 216 million people will be displaced by climate change by 2050. Over half of these will be women and girls.
Extreme poverty, gender, and climate change are inextricably and tragically linked, but there is a solution—which the global community can no longer afford to ignore. Building resilience among vulnerable populations, particularly women, who disproportionately bear the consequences of extreme poverty, can be accomplished by helping them establish diversified sources of income, learn new skills, and build up savings so they can withstand climate change-induced shocks.
2021 was BOMA’s most impactful year yet. Together, we enrolled 21,432 new entrepreneurs, lifted 128,592 people out of extreme poverty, and achieved an astounding 36 percent of our cumulative impact since 2009. We also introduced exciting new adaptations of BOMA’s proven poverty graduation approach to serve new contexts, populations and geographic regions. Now, BOMA is on a mission to transform the lives of 3 million women, youth, and refugees in Africa’s drylands by 2027.
There are countless ways to invest in BOMA’s work to end extreme poverty in Africa’s drylands and transform the lives of 3 million people by 2027. Learn about new #WaysToGive including recurring donations, cryptocurrency, donor advised funds and more.
OUR IMPACT SINCE 2009
children's lives transformed
women and children to date reached
savings groups established
WHAT WE DO
We empower families that are so poor that they wouldn’t qualify for a microfinance loan. Families that don’t have access to mobile phones or bank accounts. Families that don’t have access to capital and markets.
BOMA’s Rural Entrepreneurship Access Program (REAP) “graduates” families out of poverty through a six-stage process:
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
We have had 30 years of government and donor funded projects in our country and have seen no changes in the levels of poverty. BOMA came here just 18 months ago with a pilot project and already we have seen close to 10,000 women and children move out of poverty.
Julius Leseetho, Deputy Governor, Samburu County