The government of Kenya is deploying mobile money to fight extreme hunger and extreme poverty in Kenya. This social protection initiative aims to cushion the extremely poor Kenyans from the high cost of living. About 5,000 families in Korogocho, Mukuru and 2,500 families in Mathare are the beneficiaries of the pilot program in over a period of 8 months.
Each family received kes 1500 through mobile money transfer service, M-PESA per month for purchasing food. The joint government, Oxfam and World Food Program pilot program on urban food subsidy based on cash transfers is a very innovative way of fighting extreme hunger and poverty and it shows the government's commitment in achieving the Millenium Development Goals.
M-PESA currently has 14 million customers and over 25,000 agents countrywide. Peter Gakure Mwangi is a mobile payments professional based in Nairobi, Kenya.
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