|Ma Xiaohong (second from right) [Chongqing Evening News]|
A female entrepreneur who comes from southwest China's Chongqing has dedicated herself to the innovative development of local agriculture and led her fellow villagers to get rich together, according to a recent media profile.
Ma Xiaohong, 33, is the general manager of Chongqing Aokai Agricultural Development Co. Ltd. and a member of the executive committee of the district women's federation in Chongqing.
Ma graduated from the Law School of the Southwest University of Political Science and Law in 2007. She dreamed of being a lawyer who could use what she'd learnt to achieve justice.
However, the reality was cruel. After graduation, she applied to several law firms, but all her applications were turned down. Later, she was given a job working as an administrative clerk in a large enterprise in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, south China. Due to her excellent working competence and diligence, she was promoted to development manager.
At the same time，however, Ma never gave up her dream of being a lawyer and continued to learn in her spare time, thereby obtaining the Lawyer's Professional Qualification Certificate successfully.
In 2010, Ma returned to work in Chongqing and met Li Linyi, who was working in the construction industry. The two fell in love and got married.
"Shortly after we married, my husband planned to go back to his hometown to develop agriculture. He rented 600 mu (400,000 kilometers) of land and invested over 20 million yuan to build the Aokai Ecological Park in 2015," Ma introduced.
Unfortunately, it was also in this same year that Ma's husband suffered a brain hemorrhage and was admitted to intensive care.
In the face of sudden disaster, Ma did not shrink back but rather had the strength to take everything on. To better take care of her sick husband and young daughter, as well as keep alive her husband's agricultural dream, Ma resigned from her job.
"When I first came back to the countryside, I encountered various difficulties because of my lack of relevant knowledge about agriculture," Ma recalled.
Therefore, she began to learn from scratch, exploring all kinds of agricultural expertise, taking root in the countryside with no fear of difficulty and hardships, and often traveling to all parts of the country alone to learn advanced techniques.
Ma's character of being honest and steadfast in doing things and her belief of benefiting villagers were recognized and supported by the local villagers.
"On the road to entrepreneurship, only hard work can give you the greatest sense of security. In this way, Aokai Ecological Park and I have been moving forwards together up till today," Ma stressed.
Located in Changshou District, the ecological park is set to be an integration of rural tourism and farming, that is, to create a production base for ecological agricultural products and a parent-child farming experience activity base highlighting the distinguishing local features of rural tourism.
At present, over 20,000 farmers have participated in the production and construction of the ecological park, driving more than 260 households to strive for prosperity.
"When all our various projects are completed, 85 permanent jobs will be provided with an average monthly income of more than 2,000 yuan," Ma said.
"It also needs more than 8,000 temporary workers per year. Meanwhile, it will also push the development of the dominant and characteristic farming industry, and increase the average annual income by 3,000 yuan for each household," Ma added.
Under Ma's careful management, the ecological park was recognized as an Educational Special Base for the social practice of primary and middle school students by the education committee of Changshou District last year.
It also has become a typical example of the innovative development of the combination between agriculture, education, culture and tourism, which drives the development of local agriculture and rural tourism.
(Source: Chongqing Evening News/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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