Government will disburse 30 million Ghana cedis, this year, to beneficiaries of the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme, with each beneficiary receiving a minimum of GH₵24 up to a maximum of GH₵ 45 for a beneficiary with four or more dependants.
The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, disclosed this during a visit to Chokome town in the Ga South District to observe how the LEAP programme was being implemented.
According to Matilda Mensah, a fish monger and a beneficiary, the LEAP had been very helpful to her and the family.
Ms Mensah said, through the LEAP, she had been able to register all her family under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) for free and also invest in her fish business.
She said the programme assisted the poor to access basic needs, including food, saying it also helped the poor to come out of poverty.
The LEAP programme was introduced in 2008 and has since reached over 71,000 households in all the 10 regions of the country.
Beneficiaries are paid bi-monthly in collaboration with MTN mobile money and Ghana Post.
This year, 80 beneficiaries-- all women-- were given mobile phones from MTN Ghana on which they will be receiving messages about their cash and also use it to make calls.
Source: ISD (Karimatu Anas)