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Nimule: IDPs receive money for buying vegetables

Author : | Published: Thursday, March 19, 2015

The humanitarian agency Health Link has launched a new project to provide internally displaced people in Nimule with money to buy goods in the market.

The agency is giving 99 pounds to a family each day for three days in a week.

The money is given in form of vouchers that the IDPs can give to sellers in exchange of goods.

Emmanuel Douglas is the director for Health Link. He says the vouchers cover milk, peas and vegetables.

“They actually choose what they want to buy. If you want to buy vegetables, you choose the quantity you want according to the value of your card,” Mr Douglas explained how the program works.

“The voucher is retained by the supplier. At the end of the day, the supplier compiles all the vouchers and presents them to a local lender. The local lender now pays directly the suppliers in the market.”

The project has an estimated cost of 1.5 million pounds to benefit more than 5,000 people in three months.

The IDPs are some of the civilians who fled violence in Upper Nile region. Majority of them come from Jonglei.

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