|Wang Haiya trims a bunch of flowers. [China Women's News]|
An independent florist in the city of Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province, has communicated with her growing base of customers online and via instant messaging.
Wang Haiya, 34, made the move from a full-time housewife to florist in less than a year, despite the fact that she is hearing impaired and cannot speak.
After settling in the city in 2008 along with her husband, who also cannot hear or speak, Wang was desperate to make a living on her own.
An assistance center in the Yuhang District of Hangzhou supported Wang to launch an entrepreneurship project based on her interest in growing plants in July last year.
The local women's federation issued a subsidy worth 11,500 yuan (U.S.$ 1,730) as initial capital for Wang to attend a teaching session for professional flower arranging.
The biggest problem Wang had to confront was interacting with people. Besides using sign language, she writes down dialogues on paper with her teacher. She also makes use of instant-messaging apps such as WeChat.
Nowadays, she plans to expand her business through popular online marketing platforms.
"With my own experience, I want to inspire my child to be an independent and capable person," she said.
Wang thinks that lilies represent herself best, as they symbolize self-control, purity, independence and continuous self-improvement.
(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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