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portalangop - 3 month ago

In Kenya, free cash is the latest solution to poverty

Bondo (Kenya) (AFP) - Until recently, Molly struggled to imagine life beyond the end of each repetitive day: work in someone else s fields and earn enough to eat, rinse, repeat. , It was a vicious circle I could not escape, says the 25-year-old villager in the Bondo region of western Kenya. Her hardscrabble, rural existence is the same for many in Siaya County where people eke out a living farming maize, millet and cotton in the ochre soil. But that was before the introduction in her village of a cash handout known as universal basic income . It #39;s part of a large, intensive, multi-year study aimed at discovering a new way to end poverty in Africa. Molly began receiving a no-strings, fixed monthly donation of 2,250 shillings ($22, 19 euros) two years ago, and since then everything has changed , she says. I was able to save to study to be a nursery school teacher, she says proudly inside her tin-roofed cement home as chickens pecked outside. It was the little bit of help that turned my situation around. With a paid internship at the village school Molly has built on the foundation of universal basic income to see her monthly income more than double to $50, broadening her horizons. Before, I barely had enough money to survive but now I have plans... I even go to the hairdresser once every two months, she says with a smile. ,

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