Using mobile money to deliver aid to communities hit by malnutrition & disasters
Published on: 3rd Dec 2013
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The international aid organisation Oxfam and Tigo in Guatemala have signed an agreement to continue to distribute aid using mobile money to people in the areas of the country that are the most affected by malnutrition.
Oxfam has chosen Tigo Money to use its system and the network of authorized agents to deliver funds to aid such communities. Oxfam funds are used to cover basic needs of food and shelter for the most impoverished families.
The agreement extends the cooperation that started in December 2012 when Oxfam distributed funds via Tigo money to families who lost their homes due to the earthquake in San Marcos.
Tigo's General Manager, Luis Fernando Valladares Guillen, said: "At Tigo Money we really appreciate that an organization such as Oxfam has chosen us as a channel to reach poor families in a fast, safe, and accessible manner thanks to our large network of authorized agents throughout the country. We are certain that through our experience, technology, services, and great enthusiasm to help our fellow Guatemalans we will meet and surpass expectations".
From the beginning of this alliance through October 2013, Oxfam sent more than US$282,000 through Tigo Money, aiding 1,700 families with funds for food aid in the Territorial Region of Chiquimula, one of the worst affected by drought and child malnutrition in Guatemala.
Tigo and Oxfam are also planning a System of Emergency Reaction which will allow them to organize the delivery of aid within 48 hours to people most affected by the natural disasters that frequently devastate the country. Tigo and Oxfam are also finalizing details to start an aid project for poor communities in the region of Baja Verapaz.