FIVE YEARS ON
IMPACT OF XI’S VISIT
panels will be eligible for subsidies from the government.
“I had to trudge hours to fetch water from the Taohe River ... when I was young. I never imagined that one day I would have clean water delivered by pipes!”
Local officials also decided on a strategy of training rural laborers to work outside the village to raise incomes. Many men trained as welders, drivers, chefs, mechanics and in other trades.
Ma Hailong, 22, who was paid to train as a cook, works as a chef at an eatery in Dongxiang’s county seat, earning 2,500 yuan a month. “Our village now has a concrete road leading to the county seat, so I’m able to commute by motorbike. It’s much more convenient for me. I will open a farmhouse restaurant after Zhehong Secondary Road has been built,” he said.
Because local women are skilled at sewing, knitting and embroidery, the county’s women’s federation opened a training center, teaching the women how to make purses, scarves and other handicrafts that can be sold nationwide.