Category Archives: Empower African women

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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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 Response to The Hunger Season

The BOMA Project’s response to a post in the Stanford Social Innovation Review:  Roger Thurow is right: Nobody should have to die from hunger. I applaud One Acre Fund and its mission to eliminate the “hungry season” for smallholder farmers … Continue reading

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Hope in the Wild

Kenya’s Meru National Park is a dry, rugged wilderness of incredible beauty. Bordered by the Tana River in the south and the Nyambeni Mountains to the west, it is a land of astounding diversity with spring-fed rivers, open grasslands, acacia … Continue reading

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The Land Cruiser Plan B Program

Our journey to Samburu take us to the place in Kenya that is closest to my heart.  After passing through the reckless town of Isiolo, the rugged dramatic scenery of northern Kenya stretches out before us.  I imagine that our … Continue reading

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Tears in Samburu

Thanks to a generous gift from the Segal Family Foundation, BOMA has been able to hire and train a Village Mentor and launch businesses in the Archers Post area of northern Kenya.  The region is adjacent to Samburu National Reserve … Continue reading

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Kibera

The Kibera slums of Nairobi are wild.  It is muddy and smelly; it is vibrant and energetic.  Hope lives alongside desperate poverty.  It is a vestige of the flight from rural poverty to urban opportunity where a new world awaits … Continue reading

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On the Road with Dining for Women

I will have a week of meetings with The BOMA Project staff on this trip but I am also leading a safari for a group of BOMA donors through the national organization, Dining for Women.  In 2010, I  led the … Continue reading

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From Beggars to Lenders

The sun was setting as we gathered in the shade of Amina’s huts in Korr.  Kura had arranged for me to meet with the Bayo Savings Group and I recognized many faces.  Over steaming cups of sweetened goat milk tea, … Continue reading

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