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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.

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