Zou Yunfeng, general manager of Lianfeng Professional Farmers Cooperative in Jiaoma Village of southwest China's Guizhou Province, recently shared her experiences on leading local villagers to shake off poverty.
Located deep in the mountains, Jiaoma Village is a provincial-level impoverished village.
However, local villagers have an incentive to get out of poverty, since Zou put forward the idea to set up a cooperative so as to develop local industry with integrated efforts.
Since last year, she has begun to persuade villagers by going house to house, and gradually established a team of 36 women.
Now, the team has become the key to supporting the development of the village.
"I am not only a shareholder of the cooperatives, with a salary of 2,000 yuan (US$ 291) per month, but also a member of the team," said Zou.
The 36 women raised funds of 79,500 yuan (US$ 11570) with careful planning, mainly by managing waxy corn bases, chili bases, pennisetum hydridum bases, and cattle farms. The benefits are also increasing gradually.
"In this way, we can make full use of both the land and labor resources," Zou added.
47-year-old Chen Zhaoxiu said, "Working in the cattle farm, I can earn 3,300 yuan a month, which helps me lead a better life."
61-year-old impoverished villager Liu Guangfen, a member of the team, said, "It is not easy for me to find a job, right now and I could earn 70 yuan a day in the cooperatives."
Though their business was just starting, the income of the cooperatives has reached a total of three million yuan by the first half of this year.
Moreover, their hard-working spirit has also spurred other villagers to move forward.
Village Secretary Chen Tianxiang established a services company. There have since been 22 villagers joining the company, among whom 12 are from impoverished families, which also contributes to the positive atmosphere in the village.
"There are 491 households with a total of 2,270 people in the village, among which the archived impoverished households are 247 households with 1,140 people. As of now, 603 villagers from 130 households have shaken off poverty," Chen said.
(Source: Xinhua/Translated and edited by Women of China)