The Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme will add 60,000 beneficiary households to the programme by June.
The Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection will from today Monday, begin the e-payment cycle of the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme.
About 90,785 beneficiary households in 144 districts will start receiving payment from the programme.
According to a statement by the Gender Ministry, the payment which will end Friday, May 22 is for the months of March and April, 2015.
Abraham Asare, a Communications advisor of the Ministry said, “The breakdown of the payment is as follows: one member household will receive GHC 48.00, household with two (2) eligible members receives GHC 60.00, household with three eligible beneficiaries gets GHC 72.00 and household with four (4) eligible beneficiaries or more receives GHC 90.00. These payments cover the months of January and February, 2015,”
LEAP was introduced to support extremely poor households to meet their very basic needs for survival. The programme is contributing significantly to the wellbeing of beneficiaries.
A research conducted by the North Carolina University of the USA and ISSER of the University of Ghana in 2012, indicated that the LEAP programme has improved the living conditions of the beneficiary households.
Their food intake, school enrolment, health care services, livelihoods, investments in petty trading and livestock, improvement in the local economy and building social networks have all been positively affected.
Currently there are two mechanisms of payment-the manual and electronic payments. The manual payments are made by Ghana Post Company Limited whereas the e-payments are done by MTN mobile money, GhIPSS (ezwich) and AYA Technologies.