Thursday
November 1
2018

In Kenya, free cash is the latest solution to poverty

By Nicolas Delaunay

Until recently, Molly struggled to imagine life beyond the end of each repetitive day: work in someone else’s fields and earn enough to eat, rinse, repeat.

“It was a vicious circle I could not escape,” says the 25-year-old villager in the Bondo region of western Kenya.

Her hardscrabble, rural existence is the same for many in Siaya County where people eke out a living farming maize, millet and cotton in the ochre soil.

But that was before the introduction in her  of a cash handout known as ““. It’s part of a large, intensive, multi-year study aimed at discovering a new way to end poverty in Africa.

Molly began receiving a no-strings, fixed monthly donation of 2,250 shillings ($22, 19 euros) two years ago, and since then “everything has changed”, she says.

Photo courtesy of Cecilia Schubert.

Source: Phys.org (link opens in a new window)

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Finance
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financial services, global development, poverty, poverty alleviation