|Nyima Lamu, a mail carrier of Yunling Post Office in Diqing Tibet Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China’s Yunnan Province, helps locals alleviate poverty by developing online retail business. [Photo/zgjtb.com]|
Nyima Lamu, a mail carrier of Yunling Post Office in Diqing Tibet Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China's Yunnan Province, helps locals alleviate poverty by developing online retail business.
For the past decades, carrying mailbags weighing up to 20 kilograms, Nyima traveled on foot to deliver letters and parcels for 5,800 residents in dozens of villages.
She used to cross Lancang River by pulley and slide at great risk of falling into the river on her way to post letters ten years ago.
But now, Yunling County has constructed highways and vehicles to access villages, and with the development of mobile phones, the number of written letters is gradually decreasing.
"With the construction of highways and bridges, I can now dispatch mails by bus rather than on foot. I used to deliver mail or parcels once a week, but now it's once every two days. In the event of the Single's Day shopping spree (November 11), I deliver mail everyday," said Nyima.
In 2016, with the growing popularity of online shopping, Yunling Post Office established a rural e-commerce platform to develop a mail-order business.
Nyima, who is ignorant about the internet, started to learn about e-commerce from scratch. She noticed that rural e-commerce platforms can help villagers sell grape wine which they have brewed themselves.
With the assistance of the secretary of the Party committee of Yunling County and the general manager of China Post Diqing branch, the hygiene, transportation and sale of grape wine is properly taken care of.
"With the postal e-commerce platform, I can help villagers sell more non-polluted fresh fruits and vegetables from Yunling County to all parts of the country, which is a new approach to get rid of poverty," said Nyima.
She used foam boxes with ice bags inside to prevent the deterioration of fresh products during delivery. Local specialties like matsutake, pomegranate, apples, snow lotus herb and grape wine have earned wide recognition across the country.
Nyima also taught villagers to sell local specialties through WeChat account. The new sales methods have broadened marketing channels and yield more profits.
"Newspapers and letters were most common in my delivery previously, but now, parcels from e-commerce platforms are increasing rapidly. The internet has opened up a gate to the world for us," she added.
(Source: zgjtb.com/Translated and edited by Women of China)