Author Archives: Mama Rungu

About Mama Rungu

Founder and CEO The Boma Project

We Have Seen What These Women Can Do

When you travel in Northern Kenya, you see poverty. Deep, painful poverty. But when I meet with the women in our program, I see something else. In their beaming faces, I see the pride of accomplishment and the freedom to … Continue reading

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The Solar Generation

“Mama Rungu, I am worried about you,” Neiboticho Wambille told me.  “I have some sour milk for you, you must drink some.” “Acho olang, Neiboticho, I am fine.  Just very hot.” I was sitting with Neiboticho and her business partners … Continue reading

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Hot Nights and the Witch Doctor

We left the village of Merrille feeling good about our new Mentor, Christopher Lepaati Meselin.  Engaged and passionate about his work, Christopher covers a large territory and shares our commitment to reach out to the women in the outlying nomadic … Continue reading

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We Will Educate

The rainy season is the most dangerous time, the women of the Nkilepu business group told me.  I didn’t understand.  The rainy season is what everyone hopes for.  It brings accessible fresh water; the grasses start to grow and the … Continue reading

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Poverty is the Worst Form of Violence

Mahatma Ghandi said “poverty is the worst form of violence.” That violence manifests itself in Northern Kenya through people who have poor nutrition and a higher risk of disease. They have a lower life expectancy and inadequate access to healthcare. For children … Continue reading

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The Savings Group and the Wife Beater

Maria Lesiil is the BOMA Village Mentor in the Northern Kenya town of Archers Post. She is beautiful and charismatic and held the attention of more than fifty women for the five full hours of the savings training session. About two hours into the … Continue reading

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Under the Shadow of the Sacred Mountain

With the first pale light of dawn, I wake to the sounds of a Northern Kenya morning. Wrapping my kanga around my shoulders, I hurry out to the verandah of my tent to watch the day begin. As I sit … Continue reading

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