On 5th May 2016, HSNP paid Kshs. 442,197,450.00 to 85,363 households across the four Counties of Turkana, Wajir, Mandera and Marsabit. This is the regular two months payment made to Group 1 households that have active bank accounts. The current cash value of one payment cycle is Kshs. 5,100. HSNP cash is credited to the households' active Equity Bank accounts. Payment is done through Equity agents located at the sub-location level. HSNP payment is free of charge.
One of HSNP Phase 2 core objective is to reduce extreme poverty and vulnerability. HSNP2 provides regular and predictable bimonthly cash transfers of Kshs. 5,100 to up to 100,000 of the poorest and most vulnerable households in the four poorest counties in Northern Kenya. HSNP2 can also deliver emergency payments to additional 274,000 households in response to shocks of climate related extremes of drought and floods. Thus, over 600,000 of Kenya’s most vulnerable people access cash transfers (CTs) in HSNP and up to 2,100,000 people reached with emergency CTs in times of drought and flood.
Impact study of HSNP Phase 1 (2009-2012) established that:
- HSNP households were 10% less likely to fall into the poorest decile nationally;
- Control household were on average 7% poorer than HSNP HHs;
- The severity of poverty for control HHs was more pronounced, at 7%;
- Households avoided distress sales and held on to livestock assets.
- They were 6% more likely to own livestock and 7% more likely to own goats/sheep.