Hassana stands in a line in front of an ICRC warehouse on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state. When it gets to her turn, she hands over an encrypted smart card to the vendor, who uses the card to verify her biodata via the software called Red Rose, installed on his Sony phone.
The verification process tells the vendor who Hassana is, the number of items she is entitled to receive as part of the ICRC’s assistance programme, and the number of rounds she has left. Less than ten minutes later, Hassana leaves the vendor’s shop with enough items that will feed her family of 14 for the next two weeks.
In another part of Maiduguri, another beneficiary gets the details of his smart card verified by a staff of an ICRC approved bank and walks away with enough cash to take care of his needs for the month. Over 30,000 people have been assisted with three rounds of cash disbursement since May 2017. Those who missed a round can make up for it at the next distribution.
You can read the full story on the ICRC’s website here.