Lasting Resilience in North Horr, Kenya

Faraya Eysarboy is a recent graduate of BOMA’s poverty graduation program in North Horr, Kenya. Enrolled through a partnership with the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Markets, Risk, and Resilience and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Eysarboy became BOMA entrepreneurs in March 2018. She joined the Bihil Business Group and, with guidance from their BOMA mentor, the group opened a kiosk using a $200 “jump grant” to launch their enterprise. In the months following, they continued to receive regular trainings on business, financial literacy, and life skills.

“The trainings we received from our mentor and field officer have been of help to us, even after graduating from the program”

— Faraya Eysarboy

BOMA Participant

After six months, Bihil Business Group received a second grant of $100 to grow their kiosk enterprise. Eysarboy remained enrolled in BOMA’s program for two years before graduating in 2020. Though she had scraped by with menial work before enrolling in BOMA’s program, Eysarboy was now earning a reliable income and had learned to save for unforeseen circumstances like drought or inflation.

In their independent evaluation of the group that Eysarboy graduated with, Feed the Future found that these participants experienced a 324% increase in business assets, a 32% increase in household income, and a 509% increase in savings, on average. Interestingly, the enumerators also found that BOMA participants experienced an increased desire for economic advancement. In other words, after being empowered to lift themselves out of extreme poverty, participants like Eysarboy could begin to embrace bigger and more ambitious hopes for the future.

“When you lift constraints that hold people back in life, what people want also seems to change,”

— Michael Carter

Director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Markets, Risk & Resilience

The village of North Horr, a little more than 100 kilometers from Marsabit, has been deeply impacted by drought in recent years and the COVID-19 pandemic only compounded that difficulty. Thankfully, Eysarboy — alongside her fellow BOMA graduates — has earned a newfound sense of resilience and empowerment. After leaving BOMA’s program, Eysarboy remained committed to her own personal development. She enrolled in local adult education program, eventually graduating with certificates from three levels of Rendille literacy courses. Today, Eysarboy use her functional and financial literacy skills to keep diligent records for her business, and to share what she’s learned with her family and community.

Invest in Entrepreneurs Like Faraya Eysarboy

BOMA is ending extreme poverty in Africa by unleashing the entrepreneurial spirit of women. We empower women with the skills and confidence to start new businesses. They use their income to educate their children and keep them healthy. To fight the devastating impact of climate change. To become respected leaders in their patriarchal communities. To become an entrepreneur in the truest sense of the term — by challenging social norms and changing the definition of what’s possible. 

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