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HIJRA launches Somalia’s First Mobile E-Cash Programs

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In August 2012, HIJRA together with partner OXFAM, launched Somalia’s first ever E-Cash livelihoods program.  The initiative, designed jointly with Nation Link telecom, is the first of its kind to be piloted in the country, benefiting 2,090 urban poor Households in Mogadishu.

The program, a 150 USD mobile cash distribution, has been designed to target skilled urban poor residents for use in business and resilience building activities.

Program Components Include:

  • Distribution of Mobile phones
  • Training on usage
  • Security Sensitization

“Before we waited too long sometimes spending all day in the hot sun to receive our monies. I never felt safe after to carry cash in town! Now it comes straight to our phones! I can go to anywhere and transfer the monies to shopkeepers for what I buy. I am too happy for this! Thank you HIJRA, you are truly a blessing.” - Halima Omar, Mogadishu


The initiative was launched in 9 districts of Mogadishu and will be expanding into Lower Shabelle by late October.



 

 

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