LEAP resumes cash payment to beneficiary households

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The Livelihoods Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) Program Secretariat, which falls under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare, says it has resumed cash payments for program beneficiaries .

The payment, which started on April 18, 2022, after an initial delay, will go to 344,786 beneficiaries, which constitutes the 75th and 76th cycle.

The 76th cycle will see recipients receive double their cash amount every two months due to the 75th cycle being delayed.

Beneficiaries must, as usual, go to their various community payment centers with their E-Zwich to withdraw their money.

“The LEAP Management Secretariat would like to inform stakeholders that the government has released funds for the nationwide disbursement of 75th and 76th cycle cash grants to 344,786 LEAP households. As is standard practice, grantees will receive their grants via e-zwich at designated payment points in their respective communities and at the premises of participating financial institutions.

LEAP managers have tested these current beneficiaries and determined that they are very poor and that the degree of vulnerability allows them to access the LEAP program.

“Current beneficiaries were means-tested to be extremely poor with the following vulnerability category that makes households eligible for LEAP: (1) elderly, 65+ without support, (2) orphans and children vulnerable, (3) severely disabled people who cannot walk, and (4) pregnant women with children under one year old.

Beneficiary households receive different amounts of money, depending on the number of eligible household members.

For example, a household with only one eligible member receives 64 GH¢; two eligible members of a household receive 76 GH¢, while three eligible members of the same household receive 88 GH¢.

Households with four or more eligible members receive 106 GH¢.

Support from the World Bank, UNICEF, the World Food Programme, among others, has helped LEAP reach vulnerable people.

On Monday, April 4, 2022, the World Bank released GH¢42 million through the Ghana Productive Safety Net Project 2 (GPSNP 2), to help the Government of Ghana (GoG) pay two cycles of arrears .

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