‘Not a day goes by that we don’t look at the people we are helping’: Kairoi resident says he is happy with job and income gains

‘Not a day goes by that we don’t look at the people we are helping’: Kairoi resident says he is happy with job and income gains

Residents of Kairoyas residential development in Kibalei Village, on the outskirts of Kibali, were shocked when they saw their community gain nearly 40% in household income in just three years, the latest example of the dramatic transformation underway in Kairoa.

More than 600 residents, mostly low-income, began receiving a monthly payment of $5,500 in May of last year, after the Kibakalu Community Development Authority awarded a lease on their homes to a group of investors.

The monthly payments were part of the Kriba program, a program that allows residents to build a new home and then lease it back to the state for up to 30 years.

Since the program began in 2009, more than 30,000 households have received the payments, the first time it has been so high in the city.

Residents say the program has helped them with their everyday lives.

“It’s not just me, but a lot of people, too,” said Kibalu resident and member of the nonprofit Kibalamakalouk.

“We don’t want to lose anything, we don´t want to be homeless.”

Kibalurumakalini resident and Kibalingouk leader, Kili Talaikwala, said the program helps people like him, who are facing eviction.

“(The program) helps the people in need, but also the ones who are going through hard times, like us,” he said.

Kibaleys residents have also benefited from the state’s new land policy, which allows the state to buy up parcels of land from owners who don’t need them.

Many of the residents, who had lost their land and houses due to drought and deforestation, have benefited from this program, with some receiving as much as $2,500 a month in cash payments.

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