Category Archives: Mama Rungu

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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Elsa’s Grave

I sleep lightly on safari because I don’t want to miss anything.  My eyes are closed, but I hover in a dreamy half-awake state with ears attuned to every sound.  During the middle of the night, the wind died.  It … 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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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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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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The Squirrel and the Elephant

A few months ago, Kura and I were sitting by the Ewaso Nyiro River in Samburu.  After a 12 day trip in the field, we were enjoying watching a family of elephants play in the river.  Kura was in a … Continue reading

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Time for Some Good News from Africa

This summer’s news from Africa has been sobering. So I want to share you some good news – but first a bit of background. Since the founding of The BOMA Project in 2005, we have endured three severe droughts. Each … Continue reading

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