“Sometimes we would go a week without eating. BOMA came to me when I was down and pushed me up.”
Napikutuk Nareyo Lenadosiol, Ngrunit
No mother should have to choose which of her children gets to eat today, or go without food herself just to keep her kids alive. But in the drylands of Africa where we work, the threat of starvation is very real. Deliveries of humanitarian aid can mean the difference between life and death, but do nothing to break the cycle of extreme poverty and dependence.
By helping women become self-sufficient, we can break that cycle. Mothers can feed their families. Their children can go to school, and they can cope with shocks like drought or medical emergencies
“The people who help BOMA have helped us. We will always have them in our hearts.”
Subahdaye Eysimgabana of the Geigab Business Group in Korr, northern Kenya, graduated from BOMA’s program in May 2016. In 2018, she was in a serious car accident on her way to buy stock for her kiosk. Income and savings from her BOMA business meant she could afford to go to the hospital for medical care, and she knew that her children would be provided for while she was recovering. Watch the video to learn more about Subahdaye HERE
Your gift means that thousands more women like Subahdaye and Napikutuk will be able to break the cycle of extreme poverty and provide for their families, even when they encounter set-backs.
Our goal is to enroll 17,000 more women in 2020.
But we urgently need your help.
2019 was a remarkable year for the BOMA Project. Thanks to the support of individuals like you, we passed several major milestones:
187,000 women and children have overcome extreme poverty
10,283 businesses have been launched
1,158 savings groups have been formed
1,000,000 women and children will be reached by 2022
Thank you for considering a year-end gift to the BOMA Project so we can keep this momentum going. In one of the poorest places on earth, you will be helping to build hope and transform lives.
With profound gratitude,
John T. Stephens, Executive Director and the BOMA Project Team
Does our program work? Yes! Our data shows what can be achieved in just two years:
When participants enter our program…
- 90% have never attended school
- 99% do not have a bank account
- 59% had sent their children to bed hungry in the last week
- 83% did not have enough food or money to buy food in the last 30 days
- 83% had restricted their own portions so children could eat
When participants exit our program, two years later…
- 93% of women have graduated from extreme poverty
- 163% increase in monthly household income
- 98% of women have savings
- 98% of businesses are still in operation
- 63% decrease in children going to bed hungry