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No Lean Season

A bus ticket out of poverty

No Lean Season reduces the negative effects of seasonality on the poorest in rural agricultural areas by enabling labor mobility that increases incomes. It is a new program that they are testing in Evidence Action Beta's portfolio, based on rigorous experimental evidence. They give a travel subsidy of $20 to very poor rural laborers so they can send a family member to a nearby city to find a job during the period between planting and harvesting. This is the time in rural areas when there are no jobs, no income, and when families miss meals. This seasonal poverty affects 600 million people around the world. With a temporary job during this 'lean season,' households are are able to put an additional meal on the table for every member of the family each and every day. That’s 500 additional meals during the lean season.

No Lean Season
Founded2017
Team Size
LocationWashington, DC

Karen Levy

Serial social entrepreneur with proven success at using rigorous evidence to design and scale development programs that cost-effectively benefit millions of people living in poverty. Hands-on, insightful, results-oriented social scientist and development professional with over 20 years of experience living in Kenya and working in Africa and Asia. Experienced in all phases of evidence-based policy/programs: research, design, management, implementation, assessment, scaling. Fluent in Swahili.

Karen Levy
No Lean Season

Md. Sohel Rana

Md. Sohel Rana
No Lean Season