GiveDirectly

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GiveDirectly sends money to very poor people in rural Kenya using mobile phones

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Fast Facts

  • GiveDirectly makes unconditional cash transfers to extremely poor people using mobile phone payment systems
  • The money is collected from local agents, and can be spent on anything the recipient wishes
  • GiveDirectly says that their average recipient earns about 65 cents (nominal) per day.

GiveDirectly makes unconditional cash transfers to extremely poor people in rural villages.

They transfer approximately one year's worth of income (approximately $1,000) directly to recipients using mobile-phone-based payment systems. People can spend the money on whatever they wish — the reasoning is simple: presumably those best placed to know what people living in extreme poverty need are the people themselves.