Federation, Association Establish Craft-making Workshops to Help Women Escape Poverty

巾帼扶贫车间,把致富路铺到村口

Women of China (English) - - WOMEN'S DEVELOPMENT |妇女发展 - LI WENJIE 李文杰

"I

'm so glad that I earned so much money this month — my income topped that of the workshop's workers. Now, I can rest assured, as my family has enough money to cover the costs of our daily expenses this month. I'll work harder to improve our lives," said Lan Xiping, a resident of Jingxing, a village in Yinchuan, capital of Northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. Lan made the comments on September 15, when she received her monthly salary in the village's craft-making workshop.

As the resettlement projects have progressed in several of Ningxia's rural areas in recent years, many residents have moved to the neighboring areas. When the immigrants first settled down in the areas, they lived in dire poverty, as they had little plowable land, and as they lacked professional skills to make a living.

To help the women residents increase their families' incomes, and to help local impoverished women escape poverty, officials of the Women's Federation of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region and Ningxia Crafts Association in recent years have established workshops, in several of the region's immigration villages, to help women escape poverty by creating crafts.

"As the workshops are near women's homes, the women can earn money by making crafts at home, while they tend their elders and children. Therefore, many residents call the workshops 'plants without walls'," says Ma Xuezhi, Director of the Women's Development Department of the Women's Federation of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

Ma also says many rural women now work hard in the workshops to increase their families' incomes, rather than depending on Heaven for their food or living on financial assistance from the regional government. "The women have set good examples, through their painstaking efforts, for their children in realizing their dreams of getting rich through hard work," she adds.

By last June, the federation and the association had

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