Vir­tual hens help pro­duce real eggs

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS -

Alibaba Group Hold­ing Ltd said ne­ti­zens can raise vir­tual chick­ens on its on­line plat­form, in an ini­tia­tive for char­ity. It said their vir­tual feed can be trans­formed from award points dur­ing non­profit ac­tiv­i­ties on the in­ter­net. When the chick­ens lay their vir­tual eggs, the com­pany says it will buy real fresh eggs from farm­ers from poverty-stricken ar­eas — and then do­nate them to chil­dren from poor fam­i­lies. The first vol­un­teer team brought boxes of eggs to Xingqian school in July, a school for mi­grant work­ers’ chil­dren in Guiyang city in south­west­ern Guizhou prov­ince.

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