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Kenyans abroad have shattered expectations by sending an unprecedented Sh54.6 billion ($378.1 million) back home in July 2023, marking a remarkable surge in remittances amidst global economic uncertainties.

In a surprising turn of events, the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has reported that remittances from Kenyans living abroad have reached an all-time high, defying inflation concerns and economic challenges. This record-breaking figure showcases a substantial increase of $23.2 million (Sh3.3 billion) compared to the previous month’s $345.9 million (Sh49.9 billion), as revealed in the latest CBK weekly bulletin spanning until August 18.

This notable surge in remittances not only supports families and friends back home but also contributes significantly to the nation’s foreign exchange reserves, aiding in financing imports, managing debts, and bolstering reserves. Moreover, it aids in reducing the trade deficit, thus positively impacting the current account and exchange rate stability.

“The continuous surge in remittance inflows has proven to be a substantial support for our current account balance and has added to the stability of the exchange rate,” stated the CBK. The United States remains the primary source of these remittances, accounting for a dominant 55 percent share in July 2023.

The remarkable increase in remittances is attributed to various factors, with one prominent catalyst being the weakening value of the Kenyan shilling. Kenyans living abroad are leveraging the robust value of the dollar and other major international currencies against the struggling shilling, making remittances a strategic move to capitalize on their purchasing power.

Despite the ongoing global economic uncertainty, which has prompted concerns about financial sector stability in advanced economies, Kenyans abroad are steadfast in their support for loved ones back home. A study conducted by WorldRemit emphasizes that although inflation has been a point of concern in key source countries like the United States, remittances are anticipated to remain steady as diaspora Kenyans continue to make sacrifices to aid their families.

This impressive remittance record demonstrates the resilience of Kenyans in the diaspora in the face of economic headwinds, enabling their families to navigate the rising cost of living. The consistency of these inflows showcases the enduring bond between Kenyan expatriates and their homeland, illustrating a commendable dedication to improving the lives of their loved ones.

The inflow of remittances doesn’t just provide financial support; it acts as a lifeline for communities, assisting them in adapting to the evolving economic landscape. Despite the uncertainties, the diaspora’s determination remains unwavering, reflecting their commitment to uplifting their families and the nation as a whole.

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By: Montel Kamau

Serrari Financial Analyst

22nd August, 2023

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