This is a step by step guide on how to apply for an older persons grant (Pesa ya Wazee) in Kenya. An older persons grant is paid to elderly Kenyan citizens who are 70 years and above. The grant used to be called the old-age pension.
The Older Persons Cash Transfer Program (OPCT) is an Inua Jamii initiative under the Department of Social Development that serves the non-pensionable and aged Kenyans who are not formally employed but growing in age.
The government provides a monthly cash transfer of Kshs 2,000 to each household with destitute elderly people. The cash is aimed at strengthening their capacity to improve their livelihood. The amount paid is delivered every two months, that is a total of Kshs 4,000. The money is delivered through appointed payment agents such as Equity Bank, Cooperative Bank, Post Bank, and Kenya Commercial Bank.
The grant is valid until when the person is deceased. It may also lapse when one is absent from the country, doesn’t claim for 3 consecutive months or is admitted to a state institution in the country.
The Older Persons Cash Transfer Program (OPCT) / Pesa ya Wazee Eligibility
- You must be an older person and a permanent resident of Kenya aged 70 years and above.
- You must be a low-income earner.
- You must have registered with your local council, district or county with a card of registration.
- You must be economically active, but not gainfully employed.
Application for the Older Persons Grant
- Applications for the older persons grant can be done in any of the Huduma Centres located in different parts of the country. You can simply walk into any of the centres and seek assistance from there.
- The applications can also be done in respective county or local social development offices that are under the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Services.
- You will be required to present your National ID for the purpose of proving your age.
- You will also be required to have a bank account or an account with an approved payment service provider.
Ministry of Labour and Social Protection
Location: Bishops Road, Social Security House, Nairobi.
Contacts: 020 272 6497, 027 29801/804-819.