Tunisia will earmark over $1.6 million to grant assistance to needy families to muddle through the holy month of Ramadan, Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi has announced.
Speaking to governors on Saturday, Mechichi indicated that the financial aid will be distributed by the ministry of social affairs, during the first week of the fasting month set to begin on Tuesday in the North African country.
The state-sponsored aid follows that of Qatar which last week sent assistance valued at over $711,747 for 15,000 needy families in three Tunisian governorates.
The World Bank allocated also to the North African country last month $300 million to help support more than one million Tunisian families living under the poverty line.
The country’s economy has been timidly rising from the ashes of the 2011 revolution that swept President Ben Ali but the ongoing pandemic has dealt it news blows – plunging more people in poverty.