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This Quarter, BOMA celebrated the launch of 2,030 business groups — consisting of three participants each, for a total of 6,090 entrepreneurs — in Isiolo, Marsabit and Samburu counties, Kenya. This included a new cohort of participants in Isiolo and Marsabit under “REAP for Liishe Bora,” a nutrition-adapted approach which officially launched in May. Additionally, a youth-adapted approach has enrolled more than 1,200 participants in Isiolo, Garissa, Wajir, Samburu, Turkana, and Marsabit to combat unemployment and promote stability. By the end of June, SEED participants had formed 568 savings groups — a key aspect of BOMA’s approach, aimed to provide safety-nets in case of drought or other economic shocks. A total of 3,180 participants graduated from BOMA’s programs this quarter.
 
BOMA’s work is rapidly expanding beyond Kenya, however. This quarter, our team pursued program activities in multiple countries including:
 
 

BOMA is working with Caritas Switzerland, APIL and Fondation Hirondelle to implement a refugee-adapted approach in the Sanmatenga Province of Burkina Faso. This program will enroll a total of 3,000 participants to strengthen the resilience of internally displaced persons and host families. This quarter, an adaptation workshop and launch were held in Ouagadougou.

BOMA is supporting the implementation of a refugee-adapted approach alongside the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) in Cameroon. The project aims at reaching 2,000 participants including refugees from Central Africa republic and host communities. This quarter, BOMA and DRC pursued capacity strengthening activities and trainings.

In partnership with Caritas Switzerland, BOMA is preparing to enroll 5,100 new participants in REAP and Green REAP in the Oromia Region of Southern Ethiopia. The project focuses on addressing the challenges of extreme poverty and financial exclusion of women and youth, especially young women, as well as environmental degradation and natural resource management in pastoralist communities of Southern Ethiopia.

BOMA continued to provide technical support to Caritas Switzerland and its local implementing partner, The Agency for Accelerated Regional Development (AFARD), to implement REAP among 450 refugee and host community participants in Yumbe, West Nile. This quarter, BOMA worked with Caritas Switzerland to conduct a progress analysis for the program. In Napak District, BOMA is working with CRS Uganda and Caritas Moroto to close out Nuyok, a program that graduated 1,635 participants.

In partnership with the Government of Kenya, Global Development Incubator (GDI) and Village Enterprise, BOMA enrolled 3,081 new participants into the Kenya Social and Economic Inclusion Program (KSEIP) and began the distribution of jump grants. These initial grants are typically followed up at six months with a “progress grant” to help participants grow their businesses.

To evaluate business growth, BOMA’s team measures and evaluates the total value of BOMA businesses on a regular basis. Mentors teach participants to diligently record their sales and purchases to track growth and budget for savings. A snapshot of average business values from Isiolo and Marsabit this quarter (below) captures that, though progress is slow due to drought and inflation, participants continue to grow and diversify their income where possible.

This quarter, BOMA is also celebrating the approval of an additional $1.3 million in funding to enroll 8,700 new households in Samburu and Turkana under the Nawiri consortium, led by Mercy Corps and composed of Save the Children, Research Triangle Institute (RTI), BOMA, and the African Population & Health Research Center (APHRC) with funding from USAID’s Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance (BHA). Nawiri aims to go beyond humanitarian assistance to sustainably reduce levels of Persistent Acute Malnutrition (PAM) in Samburu and Turkana counties.

The direct implementation and government adoptions of BOMA’s approach remains strong in Kenya, but strategic partnerships are also multiplying BOMA’s impact in countries including Chad, Uganda, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, and South Sudan. In the coming years, BOMA intends to expand our reach to at least nine countries in Africa. Ultimately, our goal is to lift three million women, youth, and refugees out of extreme poverty by 2027.

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