To move women in drought-prone pastoral communities in arid regions in Africa out of ultra-poverty and to increase their resilience to droughts.
Many women in Africa’s arid regions are living in ultra-poverty, at severe risk from droughts and suffering multiple, reinforcing deprivations, such as illiteracy and discrimination.
BOMA puts ultra-poor women through two years of sequenced interventions (“graduation style”) with a cash transfer to start a business, training, mentoring, and group savings.
Food security, income sources, savings
BOMA operates in rural, arid regions of Kenya.
Operating since 2005
BOMA delivered a high-quality program to 9,432 women that increases the resilience of households through increased food security, new income sources and savings. BOMA continues to reach women with the program at an approximate marginal cost of $300.
BOMA improves the lives of ultra-poor women, increasing increases the resilience of households through increased food security, new income sources and savings.
This conclusion is from a combination of internal study results and evaluations of similar programs.
Outcomes and cost
The evidence for BOMA’s impact is from internal data and conclusions from similar programs, both of which have merits and drawbacks. However, together they add to a compelling argument. BOMA conducted a randomized trial on their own several years ago. The study found important changes in outcomes though there were some methodological weaknesses (sample size, measurement). Evaluations of similar programs are methodologically stronger and find large impact for ultra-poor women, but require judgment to compare those results appropriately apply to BOMA. They compare (in terms of intervention design, intervention fidelity, setting, and population reached) closely enough to conclude BOMA has large impact.
BOMA delivered a high-quality program to 9,432 women since 2005 and is a learning organization and transparent organization.
This conclusion is based on internal monitoring data, monitoring systems, and quality assurance protocols, which are credible and strong.
Activities and outputs: Quantity
The evidence for quantity is based on internal processed data.
- Since 2005: 9,432 women directly reached
- Since 2005: ~47,005 children reached
- Since 2005: 2,651 businesses created
- Since 2005: 452 savings groups formed
Activities and outputs: Quality
The evidence for quality is based on internal protocols and program/ monitoring documents.
- Internal monitoring staff: Yes
- Routine staff training: Yes
- Strong partner supervision: Yes
- Responsive to data: Yes
- Quality improvement: Yes
This is based on BOMA’s 2013 randomized trial, as well as interviews with BOMA’s CEO and senior staff.
This is based on the breadth and depth of BOMA’s published reports, including activity data and organization data.