More needy families assisted

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An employee uses a Nokia 1200 mobile phone inside an M-Pesa store in Nairobi, Kenya, on Sunday, April 14, 2013. In the six years since Kenya's M-Pesa brought banking-by-phone to Africa, the service has grown from a novelty to a bona fide payment network. Photographer: Trevor Snapp/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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By Neo Kolane

WFP Lesotho has received additional funding of USD2.1million (M30.7million) from the USAID/ Bureau of Humanitarian Aid and USD300,000 (M4.4million) from Canada.

A statement issued yesterday by UN Lesotho says this has enabled the expansion of the lean season assistance from the current 6,300 to 13,141 households in the districts of Mokhotlong, Thaba-Tseka and Maseru, up to June 2021.

Head of office in the resident coordinator’s office, Vimbainashe Mukota says the targeted households have also been adversely affected by COVID-19 after many of them lost their means of income.

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Mukota added that the beneficiaries will be supported through a commodity voucher redeemable at local retail shops and mobile cash transacted through mobile company Vodacom’s Mpesa platform. Each household receives a monthly entitlement amounting to LSL811.

“The food intervention support includes a Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) component focusing on improving women, men, boys` and girls’ knowledge on nutrition, HIV awareness and other care practices that contribute to improved household food security and nutritional status,” Mukota said.