|Ha Lijuan [Women Voice]|
A businesswoman from northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region has gained high praise from netizens after she shared her inspiring entrepreneurial story on social media.
Ha Lijuan, born in the 1980s, decided to start a business after graduation from China University of Petroleum (CUP) in 2006, despite her family's firm opposition.
"I was at a loss at that time because, as a green hand, I did not know which path could lead me to success," Ha said.
"After investigation, I decided to invest in the education industry in my hometown," she added.
In a move to put her ideas into practice, Ha registered an English language training institution and started to enroll students.
"I attached great importance to my teaching methods and I was strict with students, so my students' academic performance improved significantly soon after," Ha said.
Her work gained widespread recognition among parents, resulting in the number of her students increasing dramatically to 100.
With mounting income, Ha bought a house and founded another four training institutions in the city.
"My father often told me starting a business is never easy. To prove my competence I must achieve something," she said.
However, just as her career was taking off, Ha's child fell critically ill. When she sought proper treatment of her child, she realized the great development gap between the country's western regions and big eastern cities such as Beijing and Shanghai.
As a result, she established a vocational training school to train a professional nursing team for her city.
Things didn't go smoothly. At the beginning, she was unable to pay her employees, but she wasn't defeated by the hardships. She persisted and succeeded at last.
As a successful businesswoman, Ha never avoids her social responsibility.
She provided free training services to local maternity matrons and issued them certificates, so that they can be employed.
(Source: Women Voice/Translated and edited by Women of China)