|Wu Zhengping works on an embroidery. [Xinhua]|
Officials from the town of Shilan in Huayuan County, central China's Hunan province, implemented a cultural poverty alleviation project last year to promote traditional culture and help local families.
The project was set up to help local women such as Wu Zhengping. Wu grew up in Shilan, but migrated to the south of the country with her husband for work.
At the time, the couple left behind her three-year-old son Shi Wenze to live with Wu's aunt. The family only reunited once a year, at Spring Festival. Such a situation is common in the area.
Many local people migrate elsewhere to find jobs, thus leaving their children accompanied by relatives or neighbors.
To ease the situation of such "left-behind" children, the local cultural center launched the project which is called Bring Moms Home. It helps boost women's employment by offering free training in Miao-style ethnic embroidery.
With the help of local embroidery experts, Wu took part in the scheme and eventually found a job at a local company. She now goes to work in the day and spends time with her sons later on.
The project now reaches over 20 embroidery training bases in four counties in Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture in Hunan.
The program has trained over 6,000 women, created nearly 3,000 jobs and increased locals' average annual income by 5,000 yuan.
|Wu Zhengping takes part in an embroidery lesson. [Xinhua]|
|Wu Zhengping with her sons [Xinhua]|
(Source: Women Voice/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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