Category Archives: REAP (Rural Entrepreneur Access Project)

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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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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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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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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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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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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This Is Africa

Festus, the Front Office Manager of Sekenani Camp, provides the orientation for the guests before they head to their tents. “We have no fence that surrounds the camp, so you must not walk anywhere, particularly at night, without one of our … Continue reading

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Mama Rungu, They Were Beating Me Around My Shoulders

Mountain Lodge is situated in Mt. Kenya National Park, and while we cannot see the top of the mountain because of the clouds, everyone enjoys the quiet nature of this wooden building overlooking a waterhole. We have whispered conversations over … Continue reading

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