63-year-old vegetable vendor and philanthropist Chen Shu Chu has donated more than 10 million Taiwanese dollars (330,000 USD) to schools, hospitals, orphanages and a Buddhist community over the course of 20 years.
Despite Chen’s back and knee problems, she works 18 hours a day, six days selling vegetables at her stall in Taitung market. She is extremely frugal, spending no more than three dollars a day on herself. With the rest, she helps other people, according to China News.
Chen’s generosity has made many people wonder how someone who earns such a modest living selling vegetables could give away so much.
“The most important thing is how you spend your money not how much you earn. I hope I can do it forever. It’s not just me. If you want to do it, you must do it right away. After all, you can’t take the money with you when you leave the this world,” said Chen.
She also told reporters that she feels very happy after donating money. “It makes me so happy that I smile when I go to bed. Money is only useful if you give it to people who need it.”
Chen, who usually keeps a low profile, said that she agreed to the interview as she would like to inspire more people to give to charity.CY Leung’s daughter should be ashamed.
Watch her interview with the BBC here.
By Lucy Liu
[via BBC News]