Safaricom To Facilitate Free Government Funds Transfers To 360,000 Drought-Hit Households
Safaricom has partnered with the government to facilitate mobile money transfer to drought-stricken households in 23 Arid and Semi-Arid Land (ASAL) counties as a drought response intervention.
The collaboration with the State Department of Public Service, Gender, Senior Citizen Affairs and Special Programmes will see the first cohort of 360,696 beneficiaries receive KES 1,082,088,000 through M-PESA, where each household will get KES 3,000 on a monthly basis until the rain situation improves.
“Cash transfers have proven as the most effective way to reach vulnerable persons in times of emergency with accruing benefits including real-time receipt of assistance, value for money as the beneficiary has the choice of purchase, safeguards the dignity of beneficiaries as well as stimulates local economy.” said Prof. Margaret Kobia, Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Gender, Senior Citizens Affairs and Special Programmes.
”We are happy Safaricom has come on board to support this endeavour. The use of digital financial systems such as M-PESA will also ensure we continue supporting cashless transactions as a recommended measure in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic but will also enhance efficiency and accountability,” she added.