NAIROBI Oct 11 Remittances from Kenya living
abroad rose 19 percent year-on-year in August to $94.8 million,
central bank data showed on Thursday.
Remittances are a major source of foreign exchange for east
Africa's biggest economy alongside tea, horticulture and
tourism. They hit a record $891.1 million in 2011.
That figure looks set be beaten in 2012 after remittances in
the first eight months of the year hit $783.8 million, well up
from last year's equivalent $558.9 million.
Kenyans living abroad tend to send money home to help their
families and for investment in various sectors, including real
The central bank says more recently, they have also started
investing in government securities targeted at them, such as
infrastructure bonds and the savings bonds.
(Editing by Richard Lough)