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Free Money

It sounds like a dream: Poor villagers are handed money regularly every month, for several years, with no conditions attached. An American organization is currently testing the model in Kenya.
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He wants to save money to buy a boat rather than spend 1,500 Kenyan shillings a month renting one.

He wants to save money to buy a boat rather than spend 1,500 Kenyan shillings a month renting one.

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Norah Odhiambo now knows that she will always have enough to eat.

Norah Odhiambo now knows that she will always have enough to eat.

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M-Pesa, which means mobile money, was introduced in Kenya by the company Safaricom around 10 years ago in order to make private money transfers possible, even for people who don't have a bank account.

M-Pesa, which means mobile money, was introduced in Kenya by the company Safaricom around 10 years ago in order to make private money transfers possible, even for people who don't have a bank account.

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A vendor in front of an M-Pesa shop.

A vendor in front of an M-Pesa shop.

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Habil Ongolo and his wife Evelyn also bought a couple of cows with their one-time payment.

Habil Ongolo and his wife Evelyn also bought a couple of cows with their one-time payment.

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Foto: Kirsten Milhahn
Their unconditional basic income has given the Odhiambos security and self-confidence.

Their unconditional basic income has given the Odhiambos security and self-confidence.

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