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Hellen
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
51
workCampaign
Standard Kenya
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Two years ago, a grocery business I had run for over five years collapsed due to financial constraints. Proceeds I accrued from this venture could not sustain the incessant skyrocketing needs in my household, leading it to collapse. Receiving this money means a restoration of my glory days. I am planning to spend my first transfer to revive my grocery business. This is the business I anticipate to take my son through school and pay other bills in the household. I am going to use the remaining amount to add a dairy cow into my herd.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning. Waking up sane and with good health gives me a good energy to plan my day. After breakfast, my day involves cultivating my maize farm and looking for feeds for my livestock.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
About twenty years ago during a rapid spread of malaria, I self medicated and ended up taking an overdose of quinine. I was knocked unconscious and fell into the fire in my hut. My right hand sustained serious burns leading to amputation of my four fingers leaving me with the thumb. This ordeal condemned me to more than a decade of monthly check ups and costly medication. Moreover, it hampered my efforts to undertake any meaningful activity in my farm and it was only until last year that I started working, according to the doctor's approval. My limb has damned me to poverty for such a long time and I feel this is the biggest hardship I've faced in my life.