Women's Federations in C China City Help Locals Alleviate Poverty

September 3, 2018
Editor: Yang Peng

Women's federations in Xiangtan City, central China's Hunan Province, have held several targeted campaigns over the past few years to alleviate poverty and help revitalize the rural economy.

Last March, the women's federation in Qizi Town in the city carried out a series of reforms and elected 25 members into its executive committee.

They are mainly responsible for providing skill training and employment services to local women.

Liu Qi, head of a rural e-commerce service station, is one of them.

She runs an online shop and works to help villagers sell their agricultural products including chili sauce, tea leaves and juicy peaches on the platform.

Now, the shop can earn over 100,000 yuan a year and villagers benefit a lot from her assistance.

"Centering on developing local industries and building a moderately prosperous society, Xiangtan Women's Federation (XWF) mobilizes women in the city to dedicate themselves to rural vitalization," said XWF President Zhao Huan in an interview with China Women's News.

Several female entrepreneurs in Xiangtan also earned high praise from the public after making efforts to promote the national poverty alleviation campaign.

The collective group of seven businesswomen now head an agricultural product agents association which was founded by XWF.

Its 474 members are mainly responsible for helping local farmers sell their goods.

Each member of the association assists one to three impoverished women in their efforts to shake off poverty.

So far, a total of 150,000 rural residents have found jobs near their homes.

(Source: China Women's News / Translated and edited by Women of China)

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