Kenya launched its first universal social pension
Starting this week, more than half a million older women and men in Kenya are receiving their first ever pensions.
Under the new Government-funded Inua Jamii 70 and Above universal social pension, launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday 2 June, all Kenyans over 70 will receive 2,000 shillings (just under US$20) per month.
This scheme is an important step towards ensuring all Kenyans, regardless of circumstance, have access to a reliable income in older age. It is also now the biggest social pension in east Africa in terms of total coverage.
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