The Project Officer, IEC, NaCSA, Sentho Kargbo, has announced during a sensitization campaign in beneficiary communities that NaCSA with support from the World Bank has increased the benefit level of unconditional cash transfers from Le. 195, 000 to Le 250, 00 per household per quarter.
NaCSA with support from the World Bank has increased the benefit level of unconditional cash transfers from Le. 195, 000 to Le 250, 00 per household per quarter
Beneficiary households she said are expected to use the monies to meet the programs objectives including Vaccinating their children below 5yrs, education for their children, pregnant and lactating mothers to attend clinic, provision of basic nutrition to the family or to start or increase a small business venture.
She further explained that the reason for the increase is due to the inflation and depreciation of the Leone and that the old value will no longer provide the expected income support given the situation of the economy. This new amount will be delivered effective from the current payment period –March to April, 2017.
Beneficiaries in the nine districts including Kono, Western Rural, Moyamba, Bombali, Tonkolili, Port Loko, Bo, Kenema, and Kailahun were selected through a light proxy means test by statistics Sierra Leone for females who are household heads.
The beneficiaries were also sensitized on the use of help lines to report corrupt practices regarding cash transfer payments within their localities on 161 (Airtel) and 077985985 (Africel) which are toll free.
Community Stakeholders, Council, CSO, have expressed delight over this venture by the government and the World Bank noting that it would go a long way in assisting the people especially in the rural areas.
A community beneficiary Amie Samuka in Gbeworbu Gao Village, Luawa Chiefdom, Kailahun District explained how much she has derived from this money within a short period. She and other beneficiaries have been able to take care of their basic needs. ‘We are happy because we are not requested to pay any form of interest, rather it’s for us to improve our lives and families’; we are indeed grateful to the government, she added.
The program, dubbed in krio Ep Fet Po, is designed for women who have the most input in the running of the household.