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Winter in the Informal Settlements of Kabul: How are E-Vouchers being used to Assist?

Winter provides further challenges in the form of freezing temperatures and heavy snow for those in the informal settlements of Kabul, who are already living without running water or adequate sanitation, and with a limited supply of electricity.

This winter, WFP is providing assistance to over 4,600 families who live in the informal settlements around the Afghan capital through the use of cash-based transfers. Families receive e-vouchers through their mobile phones, which can then be redeemed to buy food in participating stores. In addition, WFP has pre-positioned supplies of food in those areas of the country which become particularly hard to reach during the winter months.

Using cash-based transfers allows families to make their own choices about the food which they need, provides those stores participating with regular business, and can stimulate the local market. 

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WFP/Eoin Casey

Photo credit: WFP/Eoin Casey

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