Shikilia does not target specific genders because our targeting mechanism has largely been based the level of need. From our operations so far however, 2/3 of recipients have been women and 1/3 men. Additionally, 96% of sampled surveys have been individuals with more than one child and 60% were single, including widows or separated individuals.

No. We don’t have an app but we have a website where you can find all information that you need. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to us via email at [email protected].

Yes, Please look at the bottom of our Give Directly donation page here. The Paybill number is 8014887 and the account number your name.

Given the level of need, we anticipate being able to disburse all funds within the period of the COVID-related downturn, and will expand enrollment as much as able to achieve this.

Currently we have raised ~$5M – enough for ~50,000 households. We are reaching out to and requesting for funds from a number of different sources including private organizations, multilateral organizations, bilateral organizations, non-governmental organizations and people like yourself. Any amount contributed goes a long way in putting food on the table of a vulnerable Kenyan.

Although it is hard to track how recipients use the money that we send them, research has shown that most money received from cash transfers is actually used to purchase food and household items. Additionally, as most families that we will target will not have access to adequate funds to purchase food and pay bills, we anticipate that their priorities will be to cover necessities before spending any money on vices.

Yes, Shikilia will post updates to our websites where all our funders / supporters can view program progress, results and updates.

The two main corruption risks that typically arise in transfer programs involve (a) manipulation of the list of eligible recipients and (b) diversion of transfers sent to eligible recipients. We address the first through due diligence on list providers, surveying individuals and checking data against any available secondary data sources, and post-transfer audit steps (currently being conducted remotely). We address the second through identity-matching between our records and those of our payment providers, as well as follow-up surveys after enrollment to ensure money is reaching the intended recipients.

In order to be as fair to all as possible, we are selecting recipients using a systematic and proactive set of criteria, and do not accept inbound applications. Unfortunately, we expect that we will not be able to provide cash transfer to everyone in need.

All transfers target individual adults and not households, given the risks of door-to-door enrollment during COVID, the need to act quickly, and our desire to avoid any incentive for misrepresentation on household size. We have sized the transfers per adult (given that the cash is generally supporting individuals now out of work), with the aim that as we scale, we would ideally support all vulnerable adults in all areas, including multiple in each household, comparable to a basic income program.