The trickle-down effect of gov't cash transfer program

September 3, 2020
By
Collins Ogutu
for Chams Media Digital

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit the country in March 2020, many companies closed thus rendering many Kenyans jobless. Other small businesses also had difficulties staying afloat with measures such as lockdown and dusk to dawn curfew put in place.

Therefore, to cushion the most vulnerable members of the community, the Kenya government put in place social protection measures such as the cash transfer program through which beneficiaries earn Ksh. 1000 per week.

Kazi Mtaani was another program that was introduced as a source of livelihood to the Kenyan youth who were hard hit by the effects of the pandemic. In our latest documentary #LesseningTheBurden, we spoke to stakeholders and beneficiaries to understand the trickle-down effect (if at all) of the two programs.

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