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Unwavering Woman Escapes Poverty by Raising Chickens in NW China

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Unwavering Woman Escapes Poverty by Raising Chickens in NW China
Yu Hanfen [Xinhua]


Yu Hanfen, 68, comes from a poor family in Huangling County, northwest China's Shaanxi Province.

Yu has been married three times, given birth to four children, had two husbands who have passed away, and her eldest son die at the age of 19 due to an accident.

These ruthless years have carved wrinkles across the face and hands of this rural woman and left her hair gray.

Despite all this, she is a strong and cheerful woman who never bows to fate.

For many years, Yu's family had no place to live, and could not but rented dangerous old cave dwellings abandoned by other villagers.

Eventually the cave dwelling collapsed. With the help of the village committee, they moved to an abandoned schoolhouse in the village and lived there for 5 years.

From then on, to earn a better life for the whole family, Yu made a living by growing and selling vegetables.

By working day and night, she saved 20,000 yuan. However, a few years ago, she and her husband suffered from a cerebral infarction one after the other, which cost all their savings and left them owing 7,000 yuan.

Although she recovered, her husband lost his ability to work and as a result, her five-person family lost its source of income and became a well-known impoverished household in the village.

Things gradually improved when she received eight chickens from a chicken farm. Ever since then, Yu started raising chickens, and gradually the number of her chickens increased to 80.

The dramatic changes took place in Yu's family in 2015, when she decided to build a new house. 

Her two-story house was built by cadres, villagers and construction teams with government subsidies of 12,800 yuan and her own savings.

"I still owe the construction team nearly 50,000 yuan, and they never pressed me to repay the money, saying that I may take my time. It won’t be too long. At a rough estimate, I can pay it off next year," said Yu in relief.

In 2016, when a military poverty alleviation team learned that she was hardworking and had experience in raising chickens, they decided to make an investment of more than 70,000 yuan to help her build a chicken house on the open space next to her house and, in addition, bought her 500 chickens. 

During that time, the village chief and poverty-alleviation cadres often went to help her, involving in such tasks such as laying cement, repairing warehouses, installing chicken coops and powering up the facility.

"Now, I have almost 600 chickens and some geese. I can get more than 200 eggs every day which I can sell for nearly 200 yuan," Yu said with a smile.

Because her eggs are of good quality, and are very popular on the market. With constant customers, Yu also has money to pay off her debts.

In addition to raising chickens, Yu also responded to the call of the village, planted 3 mu (about 200 square meters) of okra, and joined the local agricultural machinery breeding cooperative, and received 1,000 yuan of dividends by the end of 2016.

In March of that year, with the help of the poverty alleviation task force, her son went to work in a natural gas company in Beijing with a fixed income every month.

"We are living a happy and better life now," Yu said.

Therefore, after receiving targeted poverty alleviation assistance for more than three years, she first proposed to quit the list of poverty-stricken household at the evaluation meeting organized by the village committee in May last year, which caused quite a stir in the whole village.

"Now that our life has improved, it felt wonderful that we are no longer a burden to the government. After all, one should strive to make things better, " Yu explained.

Unwavering Woman Escapes Poverty by Raising Chickens in NW China
Yu Hanfen collects chicken eggs. [Xinhua]


(Source: Xinhua/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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