When Haduko's brother died, she was left with seven children to raise. Becoming the sole provider for seven minors is a real challenge, especially for a 60-year-old woman living in the small village of Kipao, in Kenya's Tana Delta region. The village has been severely affected by the drought like so many other communities of East Africa.
The ICRC has been helping people like Haduko by providing cash assistance in areas with existing market places. Over a period of 3 months, she and others like her will receive about $100. The cash assistance is coordinated by the Kenya Red Cross and sent through a mobile money service.
For Millicent, a businesswoman in Kipao village, the cash assistance to people like Haduko means that her business will benefit directly from an injection of money into to the local economy. This helps Millicent sustain her business and feed her own family.