1. Target

We first locate and enroll extremely poor recipients. We find poor communities using publicly available data, and then send field staff door-to-door in those communities to collect digital data on poverty. We currently enroll recipients in homes with thatch roofs, a good and objective indicator of poverty.

2. Audit

We use a set of independent checks to verify that recipients are eligible and did not pay bribes, including physical back-checks, image verification, phone checks, and data consistency checks. For example, we use GPS coordinates, satellite imagery, and crowdsourced labor to audit roofing materials.

3. Transfer

We transfer recipient households roughly $1,000, or around one year's budget for a typical household. We use electronic payment systems; typically, recipients receive an SMS alert and then collect cash from a mobile money agent in their village or nearest town.

4. Monitor

We call each recipient to verify receipt of funds, flag issues, and assess our own customer service. We also staff a hotline for inbound calls.