A Humanitarian Response to Drought Ravaged Communities in Northern Kenya: Adopting Mobile Technology

Over 3.5 million people are facing severe hunger in Kenya. To access the communities affected by drought and unreachable due to safety concerns and poor road infrastructure, CARE International in Kenya adopted an existing fintech platform to disburse cash transfers. Mobile Cash transfers via money platforms are an easy and sustainable method of supporting individuals during a humanitarian crisis such as what is being experienced in Northern Kenya,” says Maureen Miruka, CARE Kenya Country Director.

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A labour of love

Every day, 36 year-old Sanaa makes the scenic drive up winding mountain roads to nearby olive groves. But she doesn’t appreciate the view. She’s hidden behind blacked out windows in a crammed mini bus, and the sun hasn’t even risen yet. Sanaa is one of 15 (mainly Syrian) refugees on their way to work picking…

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