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BOMA’s CEO John Stephens featured on Great.com podcast
BOMA’s CEO John Stephens featured on Great.com podcast

Spirit Rosenberg from Great.com interviewed John Stephens, CEO of The BOMA Project as part of their 'Great.com Talks With...' podcast. This series is an antidote to negative news stories that aims to shed light on organizations and experts whose work is making a...

From Success to Success – And A New, Incredible House
From Success to Success – And A New, Incredible House

“I wasn’t looking for money or food aid,” says Kiringace Lalaur. “All I wanted was an opportunity to better our lives.” Kiringace lives in a tiny manyatta in Barsaloi. The region is known for its  inhospitable terrain that is increasingly coming to characterize the...

Agnes Lekupe: Mother, Entrepreneur and Now, a Leader
Agnes Lekupe: Mother, Entrepreneur and Now, a Leader

A small Manyatta stands in the middle of a fence surrounded by a fence made of thorns.  A  woman opens the door to her small home. Like she does every morning, she gazes at the orange hues in the sky as the sun rises.  Dawn is when she likes to contemplate the...

Christine Lokidogoi: Single Mother and Landlady Extraordinaire
Christine Lokidogoi: Single Mother and Landlady Extraordinaire

Christine Lokidogoi is a restless and energetic person. She talks quickly in a tumble of sentences, many of which are the beginnings of remarkable ideas. Christine’s energetic outlook is especially remarkable given that she is a single mother of  five children. Prior...

“When women and girls are empowered to live to their full potential, everyone benefits.” - from 'Women and Girls at the Center of Development,' by Gates Foundation

Did you know that, among 480 recent BOMA graduates, 99 percent of the women have multiple sources of income and 97 percent said that all girl-children were enrolled in primary school? #TheBOMADifference
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The drylands of East Africa have been heavily impacted by #ExtremePoverty and #Climate Change, with more than 13,335,811 women and children living on less than $1.90 per day.

Men can be gone for weeks in search of water and grazing land for livestock while women are often left alone, without a reliable source of income or food for their family.

At BOMA, we believe that the economic empowerment of women is critical in breaking the cycle of extreme poverty. Since 2009, BOMA has transformed the lives of more than 226,000 women and children by helping them start businesses and build a better future #TheBOMADifference
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BOMA staff and board members recently met with the Nabulaa Savings Group in Nkaroni, within eastern Samburu county. Nabulaa's women entrepreneurs weathered the worst of the pandemic by diversifying their businesses and relying on each other as well as their BOMA mentor.

After a long journey over nearly two years, Nabulaa's members will graduate from BOMA's REAP program in October!
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"Lonolngenje is part of an unusual climate adaptation project that is helping once-marginalized Samburu women earn money and manage a vital natural resource as climate change disrupts the environment around them. Instead of razing trees, they are now planting them."

BOMA's women entrepreneurs are empowered in the truest sense of the term — learn how Samburu women are leading the sustainable use of their local forest in @yaleenvironment360! #LinkInBio
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Today is #WorldRefugeeDay. Did you know that sub-Saharan Africa hosts more than 26% of the world’s refugee population, and one million people have fled into Uganda alone over the last decade? The BOMA Project is working to lift millions out of extreme poverty — including refugee populations in the West Nile region of #Uganda. Learn how at www.bomaproject.org #WithRefugees ...

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We are thrilled to announce that author and philanthropist #MacKenzieScott has donated $10 million to The BOMA Project! This gift will allow BOMA to accelerate and expand its work across Africa to reach millions of women and families.

Read more on our website, www.bomaproject.org (#LinkInBio)
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“I had only three goats and two cows. Now I have 20 goats and seven cows,” Lentipo said. “Our kids go to school. I can buy medicine for my kids, my husband and even the livestock if they are sick.”

Nkaspan Lentipo’s life changed when she became a BOMA participant. Check out the link in our bio to learn how a partnership between BOMA and @ucdavis is helping women like Nkaspan battle #climatechange, build #resilience, and forge a path out of #extremepoverty

Photo by Pablo Delvaux for UC Davis 📸
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BOMA empowers women with the skills and confidence to start new businesses. Those women 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.

BOMA participants become entrepreneurs in the truest sense of the term — they challenge social norms and change the definition of what’s possible. In doing so, they're building a better future.
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Happy Mother’s Day. “I have five kids. Three of them are my biological children, and two of them are orphans who I have adopted. They are not a burden on me, because they are all my children — and what I believe for all my children is that, in human life, there is nothing more important than education.”

There are countless ways to be a mother, no matter where you are in the world.

This Mother’s Day, make a gift to BOMA in honor of the moms in your life today and send them a custom e-card to show their impact on mothers like Selina #LinkInBio (give.bomaproject/mothersday)
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Samburu women in northern Kenya are at the forefront of community-led efforts in land conservation efforts, prohibiting from felling indigenous trees (such as cedar) and burning charcoal
thus help restore the forest’s indigenous tree cover.
#ClimatePledge

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In their recent work, @BOMAProject entrepreneurs saw sales increase by at least 1% since April with 97% of all BOMA participants reporting multiple income sources and said that no children had recently gone to bed hungry.
#SFFrockstars

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IN THE NEWS

Surviving Climate Change and a Pandemic

UC Davis Magazine

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The Power of Hope is Real by Nicholas Kristof

The New York Times

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We’ve also been featured in:

Salon – Life Lessons from a Global Poverty Hero by Megan Mayhew Berman, Salon

NextBillion – Climate-Proofing Poverty Graduation Programs by Nicole Mills, the BOMA Project & Alex Russell, AMA Feed the Future at UC Davis

Stanford Social Innovation Review –To Impact Millions, the Social Sector Needs to Scale Scaling Up, by Gregory Coussa

The New York Times – The Power of Hope is Real by Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times

The Wall Street Journal – On the Joys and Challenges of Being a ‘Temporary’ Expat in Kenya by Megan Mayhew Berman, Wall Street Journal

CGAP – The BOMA Project: Building Resiliency in the Arid Lands by Melissa Victor, CGAP Blog

Kevin Starr – Enough Innovation Already, SSIR

Impact Measurement on Salesforce – 7 nonprofits setting the bar for Salesforce-based M&E

The Huffington Post – A Day for All Mothers by Anita Casalina, Huffington Post

Manchester Journal – 10 years after its founding, BOMA wins global acclaim by Kathleen James, The Manchester Journal

The Borgen Project – The BOMA Project: Empowering Women in the Third Worldby Saroja Koneru, The Borgen Project Blog

Kiosks give pastoralist women hope by David Muchui, Business Daily Africa

Rutland Herald – Dorset nonprofit group garners $500k gift, Patrick McArdle, Rutland Herald

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