Willingand­able

E-com­merce gives peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties in China a chance at job in­de­pen­dence

ChinAfrica - - China Report - By Xia Yuanyuan

The In­ter­net is a gate­way for many peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties to en­gage in so­ci­ety and e-com­merce plat­form is a seed that en­cour­ages peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties to work.

THERE was a time when Gao Meng­wen felt her life was a cruel twist of fate. The 26-year-old na­tive of Hangzhou, in east China’s Zhe­jiang Prov­ince, has suf­fered from cere­bral palsy since birth and can only move with the sup­port of a wheel­chair. One of her big­gest fears for sev­eral years was how she could earn a liv­ing and not be a fi­nan­cial bur­den on oth­ers. It was tech­nol­ogy that threw Gao a life­line and today the newly mo­ti­vated young woman, armed with a lap­top and Wifi, has taken ad­van­tage of the gi­ant e-com­merce plat­form Taobao to carve out a thriv­ing busi­ness for her­self.

And like Gao, e-com­merce is cre­at­ing more job op­por­tu­ni­ties for the peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties in China. online had ex­ceeded 10,000 by July 2016, among which more than 6,000 are on Taobao.

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