December 18, 2013
How mobile money fights malnutrition in Guatemala
Getting cash and food aid to remote rural communities after a natural disaster like an earthquake or a hurricane is logistically complex, expensive, and takes time.
But in recent years mobile phone technology has begun to change that, allowing aid agencies to deliver money electronically as part of their response. The Christian Science Monitor reports.
Known as mobile money, electronic currency can be stored on a mobile phone and, using a personal identification number, converted into cash at designated points and transferred to other mobile phone users.
... In Guatemala, which has high levels of child malnutrition, families facing or experiencing hunger are now receiving cash in this way on their mobile phones, thanks to a project in which mobile phone operator Tigo Guatemala and the charity Oxfam in Guatemala have teamed up to help families in the eastern province of Chiquimula.
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