September 2013. Katanga, DRC: The Kambilo camp for internally displaced people in Katanga, south-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The camp is home to an estimated 1000 people, only some of the 2.6 million people who have been forced from their home by chronic violence and instability in the east of the country. Credit: OCHA/Gemma Cortes
September 2013, Katanga, DRC: The OCHA-managed Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) recently supported an Aid Fair at Kambilo. Instead of receiving standardized kits, people were instead given a sheet of coupons with a cash value. People in the camp used the coupons to ‘shop’ for the items they wanted. Credit: OCHA/Gemma Cortes
September 2013, Katanga, DRC: Camp residents line up before the opening of the fair. The benefits of this innovative approach are far reaching. The fairs bring together local vendors, benefiting and stimulating the local economy in a way that traditional distributions cannot. Credit: OCHA/Gemma Cortes
September 2013, Katanga, DRC: Jeanne Kaubwa (right) uses her coupons to buy kitchen supplies at the Kambilo fair. The system gives her the flexibility to decide what her family needs. Credit: OCHA/Gemma Cortes
September 2013. Katanga, DRC: Safi Mutombo displays her page of coupons. They are worth about US$90. In 2012, the CHF-funded organizations organized 23 fairs, where displaced families received a collective $16.3 million in support. Credit: OCHA/Gemma Cortes
September 2013. Katanga, DRC. A woman uses one of her coupons at the Kambilo fair. At the end of each day, traders exchange the coupons they have earned for cash. More than 26,000 families benefited from these CHF-funded fairs in 2012 alone. Credit: OCHA/Gemma Cortes
September 2013. Katanga, DRC. Mwamba Tabu, a widowed mother of three, fled her home in Manono because of heavy fighting. The freedom afforded by the fair brought her a sense of independence and normalcy. Credit: OCHA/Gemma Cortes.