|Luo Chan (R) and her husband in their greenhouse on August 31 [Xinhua / Liu Xiao]|
A former teacher from the county of Luonan in northwest China's Shaanxi Province gave up her career at a prestigious high school to lead mountainous residents of her hometown to grow high-quality edible and medicinal mushrooms for years.
Luo Chan comes from a rural family at the mountainous township of Sier in Luonan. She became a politics teacher at a high school in Yulin, a northern city in Shaanxi, after her college graduation in 2008.
However, Luo resigned from her position and returned to her birthplace in a move to do something for local people in 2010.
She found the local climate and soil are suitable for the plantation of several species of fungi, which boast great edible and medical properties.
Meanwhile, Luo continued her self-study on the internet and visited nationwide experts before launching a professional cooperative in 2015.
Since then, she has been engaged in organizing local impoverished people to plant edible and medical mushrooms for her on a commercial scale.
So far, over 300 poverty-stricken families have worked for Luo's cooperative and they have reaped large profits in the business initiative.
Luo said in an interview that she would build a factory to further the industrial processing of her homegrown edible and medical mushrooms and contribute more efforts to poverty reduction.
|Luo Chan (Right on the front) talks with an employee about the cultivation of edible and medicinal mushrooms. [Xinhua / Liu Xiao]|
|Luo Chan in her greenhouse [Xinhua / Liu Xiao]|
|Luo Chan (R) and an employee collect mushrooms in their greenhouse. [Xinhua / Liu Xiao]|
|Luo Chan (L) and her husband display their potted plants. [Xinhua / Liu Xiao]|
|Luo Chan (R) talks with two customers about her potted plants. [Xinhua / Liu Xiao]|
(Source: Xinhua/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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