Some 85 percent of Syrian refugees in Jordan are not allowed to work, but are still expected to pay for food and rent. The United Nations' High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) initiated the program to simplify payments procedures.
"Anybody who is registered can be assisted, at the moment we are assisting 40,000 families. And the registered are around 150,000 families. We can actually assist all of those in two days," UNHCR Assistant Field Officer Hia Azaizeh said.
Since iris scanning provides a secure way to provide benefits through a non-invasive procedure, it has become widely used for both distributing cash payments and making purchases.
The World Food Programme seeks to expand the system to all refugees in Jordan to food and rent assistance within several months.