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BOMA Project

Scaling Graduation in the Arid and Semi Arid Lands of Africa

The BOMA Project implements a high-impact poverty graduation program for ultra-poor women in the drought-threatened arid lands of Africa. With a proven track record, measurable results and a transformative approach to alleviating poverty, BOMA gives women the tools they need to start small businesses in their rural communities. The additional skills and income gained through the Rural Entrepreneur Access Project (REAP) allow them to feed their families, pay for school fees and medical care, accumulate savings for long-term stability, survive drought and adapt to a changing climate.


  • Reach ultra-poor households in remote, rural communities of Marsabit and Samburu counties, where 82% of the population lives in extreme poverty
  • Leverage successful model by partnering with large NGOs and governments to quickly expand programs on the ground


  • Participants are reliably food secure, gain from multiple viable sources of income, and are able to successfully respond to economic shocks
  • An expected 100,000 women and children are lifted out of extreme poverty by 2018, and one million women and children by 2021

Grants awarded

  • 2016-2017 - Support scaling plans and build capacity to assist new partners in implementing their own gender-focused poverty graduation programs