The Government has released Sh8.7 billion for payment to beneficiaries enrolled in the cash transfer programs.

The money, channeled through the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, will be paid out to 1,090,587 people starting Monday, February 22, 2020.

The beneficiaries of the cash transfer programs have been identified as the following categories.

Cash Transfer for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (CT-OVC). This group entails an extremely poor household with one or more OVCs as a permanent member. Furthermore, a household with a caregiver who is chronically ill and/or unable to perform his/her duties will be a beneficiary.

Older Persons Cash Transfer (OPCT). A Kenyan citizen, 70 years and above, not receiving a pension, not enrolled in any other cash transfer program, and residing in a particular location for more than a year.

Persons with Severe Disabilities Cash Transfer (PWSD-CT). These are Kenyans with severe disability (PWSD)and, not enrolled in any other cash transfer program.

Hunger Safety Net Programme (HSNP). These are vulnerable and poor households of Northern Kenya, residing in the poorest arid counties of Turkana, Marsabit, Mandera, and Wajir.

Each of the beneficiaries will receive 8,000 shillings to cover the September-December 2020 payment cycle.