Chongqing Women's Federation Promotes Women's Entrepreneurship

December 3, 2013
Editor: Sun Xi
Chongqing Women's Federation Promotes Women's Entrepreneurship
Women in southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality learn agricultural skills. [cq.people.com.cn]
Three campaigns to establish entrepreneurial platforms to finance, train and provide other services to women entrepreneurs were launched by the women's federation of southwest China's Chongqing Municipality this year.

The three campaigns are 'Women Accomplishing Achievements', 'Women's Thriving Business' and 'Women Promoting Agriculture'.

This year, the Chongqing Women's Federation recognized 242 women's civilization posts, 79 women achievement role models, 100 women's model villages and 100 role models in achieving economic prosperity through science and technology.

Women entrepreneurs and experts were also invited to talk to grassroots women and guide them in their business endeavors.

Moreover, women's federations at all levels have held more than 120 competitions in various fields, such as theory learning, job skills, trainings and others. They have cultivated a large number of skilled women talents catering to the new industrialization.

A total of 12,000 women participated in the trainings held by the women's federations. Sixteen women's entrepreneurship bases were founded and 519 women entrepreneurship mentors were assigned to help 1,560 women seeking to start their own businesses.

"We have now undertaken the agricultural broker training initiated by the All-China Women's Federation," said President of Chongqing Women's Federation Ding Zhongping. "Coupled with other trainings on agricultural products and outsourcing, the trainings have helped a total of 280,000 rural women through Internet distance education."

The Chongqing Women's Federation has also fostered all kinds of women's organizations for economic cooperation such as women's family farms and women's model bases.

Zhang Tian, a college graduate who gave up a job in the city that paid 300,000 yuan (US$ 49,230) a year to start her own business, successfully set up a farm stay business for tourists, offering accommodation, fishing, sightseeing, and farm work experience in her father's orchard. It now brings in an annual income of 1.20 million yuan (US$ 196,920).

"We still needed money to expand the business and improve the infrastructure. With the help of the county women's federation, we applied for a zero-interest loan of 850,000 yuan (US$ 139,485) and received it," Zhang said.

The Chongqing Women's Federation also pays special attention to women college graduates.

The number of college graduates reached 163,000 in Chongqing in 2013, 52 percent of whom are women. The federation has launched various activities to promote the employment of female college graduates, including holding special lectures and job fairs for them.

A micro-enterprise entrepreneurship incubator at the Shuitu High-tech and New Technology Park in Liangjiang New Area is expected to open next year and will welcome college students and relocated citizens to start small and medium-sized enterprises there.

The incubator, with a total investment of 500 million yuan (US$ 820,500) and covering an area of 161,300 square meters, will house a research and development building, standard workshops and support facilities.

The Chongqing Women's Federation will make further efforts to gather social resources to provide support for women who start their own businesses, including small loans for women, entrepreneurship counseling, recognition of outstanding women entrepreneurs and more.

(Source: cq.people.com.cn/Translated and edited by womenofchina.cn)

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