In the past, no matter how many yaks and goats each family had, they needed to milk and herd them by themselves. After cooperatives were established, young people had the opportunity to learn new skills and find ways to increase the family income.
“At first, we just wanted to try ‘bunched-up’ herding, but later we found that through integration, the cooperative can free many young people and they can go out and get better jobs,” said Zhagyai.
To better alleviate poverty in a targeted approach, the Qumarleb Government set up a skills development service center, offering training in various job skills for herdsmen, such as Tibetan jewelry making, hairdressing and even wedding hosting.
For example, Kangduo Nuoze Tibetan Arts & Crafts Co. Ltd. in Qumarleb County hired 10 of the best local jewelry makers to teach 60 students jewelry-making techniques free of charge. After one or two years, trained apprentices are expected to earn an average monthly income of 3,000 yuan ($450).