Gender Ministry begins disbursement of 5.5m to LEAP beneficiaries nationwide

The Gender Ministry will begin disbursement of 5.5 million cedis under the Livelihood for Empowerment Program (LEAP) today.

LEAP is a social intervention programme that provides cash transfers to targeted households living below the poverty line.

Since the programme was launched in 2007, the beneficiary households have increased from 1,645 to 90,000 as at July 2015.

Communications Advisor at the Gender Ministry, Abraham Asare says the disbursement will be done nationwide.

“We expect to pay È»5.5 million to 90,000 beneficiaries in 144 districts across the country. Every region has LEAP beneficiaries, all the 10 regions have beneficiaries but it currently in 144 districts and we working to increase the districts 188 by September this year”.

Mr. Asare adds that on Friday, the ministry will continue the disbursement of ₵3.9 million from its emergency fund to assist victims of the June 3 flood and fire disasters.

“The 3.9 million is separate from the 5.5 million, anytime there is an emergency and there is money available the ministry makes that money available to victims…like it did for flood victims in the north.

“For the June 3 disaster victims we are È»3.9 million to 13 households, so each household will get È»100.00 a month for three consecutive months”, he added.

The Ministry is hoping to increase beneficiary households under the LEAP programme to Ȼ200,000 by the end of 2015.

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