Category Archives: African women

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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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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This Water Belongs in Mombasa

It is inevitable that Kura and I would eventually become increasingly removed from the day to day work that happens on the ground in our region in northern Kenya.  BOMA now has a new field officer, Meshack, who works closely … Continue reading

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Inspired by Dr. Paul Farmer

I am always humbled by what women tell us after they start earning an income with their new BOMA businesses.  During a recent visit to the village of Ilaut, a woman named Nkaroni told us, “Before, I could not rest. … Continue reading

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A Blogger from Kenya Talks About BOMA

David Muchui from Meru, posts about The BOMA Project: Manyatta Banking, Enterprises, Taking Root Among Pastoralist Communities Posted on October 16, 2012 | Leave a comment A group of women guide their donkeys through the vast Kaisut Desert of Marsabit County laden with shop … Continue reading

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