Kenyans have continued to get support from abroad receiving over Sh333 billion per year but the inflows are going to a very small number of households.
Kenyans living and working abroad sent home Sh122.69 billion ($1.13 billion) in the four months to April, 23.3 per cent above the Sh93.37 billion that was received in a similar period last year.
The World Bank study on coping mechanisms by Kenyan households during the Covid-19 pandemic showed that only 7 per cent received cash from the diaspora community
“Only a small share of households received remittances (7 per cent) in January–March 2021. The remittance amount was larger for around half of the households that received remittances compared to pre-COVID-19 amounts. However, one-quarter received smaller amounts, which may have consequences for household welfare,” the report read.