Kenyans in the diaspora sent home $215.6 million (Sh21.6 billion) in the month of August, latest data from the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) shows.
The August remittances pushes the annual diaspora inflows to a new high of $2.5 billion (Sh255 billion).
CBK says monthly average inflows maintained an upward trend, growing to $212 million (Sh21.2 billion) in the 12 months to August 2018 compared to $150 million (Sh15 billion) in the same period the previous year. This represents a 41.3 percent growth.
The cumulative inflows of 12 months to August 2018 increased by 41.9 percent to Sh255 billion from Sh179.7 billion last year.
Central Bank of Kenya's weekly release for the week ended October 26th show that Kenyans living in North America, especially United States sent home the lion’s share of diaspora inflows. The group commanded 51.6 per cent of total remittances followed by Kenyans in Europe (33.2 percent) while the rest of the world accounted for 15.2 per cent.
In June, the highest ever monthly diaspora inflows of Sh26.6 billion were recorded with diaspora community in US leading at Sh13 billion, Sh8.4 billion for those in Europe while Kenyans in the rest of the world sent home Sh5.1 billion.
CBK attributes the increase in remittance to digital banking products targeting Kenyans abroad.
“The continued good performance is driven by new partnerships between commercial banks and international money remittance providers which has brought down the cost of money transfers. It is also explained by the uptake of new financial products,” says the CBK.