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Helen
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Other
faceAge:
60
workCampaign
Kenya Standard Remote
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access_time 16 days ago
 
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
Even though I am old and sick, I still hope to be independent. I developed blood pressure and ulcers in 2021 after the demise of my husband and I have since been on medication which is quite expensive. When I receive these transfers, I intend to fence my land to cultivate cassava and sweet potatoes since they thrive well in this environment. I will be glad to earn income from the sales as well as produce food. Furthermore, I will save the income for emergencies in case my health deteriorates and I will not have to bother my children since they are my only financial source.
What is the happiest part of your day?
No one wishes to be in debt or always be a bother to her children and neighbours. Although this has been my state most of the time, I am glad that my 0.5-acre garden has been productive. I planted vegetables and fruits which generates income towards my medication in case my children do not have any. Additionally, I have been food secure as I fetch the vegetables directly from the garden and my health is now improving.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Old age comes with a lot of challenges, health problems being one of them. When I lost my husband in 2020, I was depressed because I no longer had someone to lean on in times of need. All my children are married and they relocated to another town but only come over the holiday. Since then, my health deteriorated as I developed recurrent blood pressure and ulcers. It pains me because I do not have the finances to manage this condition as I always depend on my children for support. At times they do not have the finances and I have to borrow from friends which is embarrassing.