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Transferring money in Kenya

You live in north-western Kenya and want to transfer money to your sister who lives on the coast.  How might you get money to her?


Link to 'Transferring money in Kenya' pdf

How this fits

This scenario encourages pupils to think about the different paths countries have taken as they develop.  Comparisons might be made between the UK and Kenya.

Curriculum links


1.2a Understanding the interactions between places and the networks created by flows of information, people and goods.

1.5a Understanding how sequences of events and activities in the physical and human worlds lead to a change in places, landscapes and societies.

3g Human geography, built and managed environments and human processes.


1.3a Identifying and explaining change and continuity within and across periods of history.

Where to go

Economy & Industry; Tourism & Communications.

What to watch

Welcome to Kenya! (video); Life in the slum (video).

Follow-up questions

  1. For what reasons do you think people in Kenya might want to transfer money to somebody?
  2. Eighty per cent of adults in Kenya have mobile phones but very few have landlines.  What might be the reason for this?

Tags: development; poverty

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