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 proud to have received recognition from some of the most respected organizations in the non-profit space, including a Guidestar Platinum rating for transparency and accountability. Additionally, BOMA was among the first four nonprofits worldwide to pass a rigorous “impact audit” conducted by ImpactMatters to assess nonprofits in the key areas of: cost-effectiveness, transparency, knowledge sharing, and theory of change.
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World Refugee Day is an opportunity to honor refugees and to celebrate their strength, courage and resilience. Today also serves as a reminder that no matter who you are or where you come from, everyone deserves the right to seek safety. At BOMA, we are committed to building the resilience of refugees in Uganda, Chad, Cameroon and beyond alongside partners including Caritas Switzerland and Danish Refugee Council.
A recent Randomized Controlled Trial (#RCT) from the Feed the Future MRR Innovation Lab found that REAP participants had, on average, 324% more in business #assets, 32% more in total annual household cash #income and 509% more in cash #savings than non-participants in communities where no BOMA programming took place. Those benefits generated a total return-on-investment (#ROI) of 3.1, meaning that every $1 invested in REAP delivers about $3 in benefits to BOMA #entrepreneurs.
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.
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