GiveDirectly is delivering cash to low-income Kenyans to help them get through COVID-19, as part of the Shikilia
initiative. We’re coordinating with community organizations and using
geographic targeting data to identify and prioritize vulnerable
communities and groups. We’ve already started by enrolling recipients in
Kibera and Mathare — mostly youth — in partnership with SHOFCO. Each
recipient will receive ~$30 per month for 3 months.
Measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 have disrupted informal
labour markets and led to significant income loss for many low-income
households. Few will have the financial resources to weather this storm,
let alone provide additional care for loved ones in need. This is the
moment for digital cash.