Monetary transfers for a better future
UNICEF assists the most vulnerable families to access basic social services and guarantee the children's wellbeing.
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When the coronavirus pandemic hit the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Tity faced significant difficulties and could no longer take care of her family. "I had no activity and my husband no longer had a job, so it was difficult to make ends meet for the month," recalls the mother who has been benefiting from a cash transfer project for several months. set up by UNICEF, WFP and FAO with the support of the Kingdom of Belgium.
Tity receives 148,500 Congolese Francs - approximately USD 75 - each quarter. With this money, she bought a few pigs and started to breed them for the whole family. “It brought us profits and we used part of it to start building a house,” explains Tity, who is determined to improve the living conditions of her family. Tity also schooled her daughter Tiffynia and has adopted new habits.
UNICEF encourages families receiving cash assistance to adopt good practices to ensure the well-being of their children. "We learn things we didn't know," says Tity, washing her hands in front of her house. The rural populations of the commune of N’Sele, having very little access to media, are community relays who sensitize families on essential family practices.
Tity methodically applies the advice received from community relays to allow her daughter Tiffynia to grow up healthy and protected from disease. "I was unaware of certain details whereas they play a very important role in health", declares Tity who cooks every day balanced recipes learned during cooking demonstrations. With the help of community relays, Tity also registered the birth of her daughter at the Civil Registry.
Like more than 4,000 other families in the commune of N’Sele, Tity has gained financial stability since receiving the cash transfers. By diversifying the incomes of the most vulnerable families, UNICEF aims to reduce poverty and strengthen access to basic social services that are essential for the well-being of children. “Thanks to this project, my daughter is going to school and she is healthy,” concludes Tity.