WHERE WE WORK
BOMA works in the remote rural drylands of Africa, an area which comprises 40% of the continent and is home to more than 425 million people. In the rural areas of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda and Tanzania alone, 13,335,811 women and children live in extreme poverty. In one of the harshest environments on earth, with one of the highest extreme poverty rates, infrastructure is minimal, with few paved roads and no formal banks or other institutions.
For some the distance to the nearest health clinic is as much as 300 kilometers. There are no large employers, and residents lack the education and skills required to seek jobs in other parts of the country. Recurring drought—the consequence of climate change—has devastated grazing lands, livestock and livelihoods, and driven pastoralist families deeper into poverty. While the men travel for weeks at a time with the livestock herds, looking for scarce water and grazing terrain, the women and children are left alone in the villages without a stable source of food or income. For those who do find work the average income is less than one dollar a day.
Samburu County is one of the poorest in Kenya. It is also the first area where BOMA began implementing REAP. Today, we can track the number of business groups established using our Performance Insights data collection platform. PI allow us to map business locations using a GPS tool to aid in monitoring performance.
“The most urgent challenge in the social sector is not innovation, but replication. No idea will drive big impact at scale unless organizations—a lot of them—replicate it..It turns out that replication matters even more than innovation when it comes to impact at scale.”
Scaling our Work
With the launch of our program in two new counties and one new country, we are now implementing REAP in six of the poorest and most drought-affected counties in northern Kenya: Samburu, Turkana, Isiolo, Wajir, Garissa and Marsabit, and have launched in Karamoja, Uganda. The data being generated around evidence of impact of our program and its cost-effectiveness has created significant interest from governments, NGOs and research and advocacy organizations, which is helping us scale our impact through three main avenues:
of our program throughout more counties in northern Kenya
of our model into national social protection programs by the Government of Kenya.
with other organizations such as Mercy Corps, BRAC, and Catholic Relief Services, and with ACDI/VOCA under a subgrant from the USAID Feed the Future program