A Sustainable Small Business Solution for a Single Mom

Baiyuhua is a 48-year-old single mother of three who lives in a village in remote Qinghai. With no husband to support her, she finds herself carrying the difficult task of caring for her children as well as meeting the family’s financial needs. They are a farming family, whose main source of income depends on the harvest, which is often not enough to live on. Due to her declining health, she can no longer perform much of the heavy work that farming requires.

Baiyuhua herself never attended school, and though she longs to give her children the opportunity she never had, their situation has forced her eldest to seek employment at a young age to help support them. The financial burden of education, alongside the need for income, creates an almost impossible situation. Yet this is the hard decision that many single mothers in Qinghai face every day: a choice between the education of their children and survival.

Baiyuhua’s two breeding pigs

The Pigs for Poverty Program offers the chance to alleviate this burden. Through raising and breeding pigs, single mothers like Baiyuhua can achieve financial independence, whilst being able to send their children to school. Since joining the program earlier this year, Baiyuhua is now much more optimistic about her future and that of her children.

She says, “It’s a good thing to know that you are helping single mothers to support pig breeding businesses. I am very lucky to have your support. Although I am not good at doing business, I think I can raise pigs. It is not heavy work and I can take care of my family. Thank you!”

Baiyuhua in front of her pig pen

200 families were part of the Pigs for Poverty Project in 2019 and received 2 breeding pigs and training in pig husbandry and small business budgeting. We hope to help another 125 families and single mothers like Baiyuhua in the summer of 2020. Thanks to GPA Global for underwriting our 2020 project and to the donors from the 11th Annual Shenzhen Charity Federation Captivating Charity Auction. Together, in the summer of 2020, we will help bring financial independence to those who need help.

Our Partners

  

 

CHILD SPONSORSHIP | CHINA | EVENTS | SHENZHEN

We are Thrilled. Shenzhen, You are Amazing!

On behalf of the Shenzhen Charity Federation, thank you so much for being a part of our 12th year, last Saturday, October 17th, 2020.  And, once again, our thanks to the wonderful team at the Futian Shangri-la, Shenzhen.

Together, as a result of the generosity of everyone who attended, 1,000 lives (single moms, young women, and their children) will one day look back on 2020 as a turnaround year for them. A year of new beginnings and fortune.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

A Thousand-Mile Trip

62 girls in our second cohort of Vocational School Scholarship Program graduates, completed their courses in July 2020. Most of these girls were only able to go to school up to grade 9, with many dropping out even earlier. The key reasons being financial difficulty, prejudice on the part of their parents not valuing education for girls, and varying family circumstances. Their dreams of a career and independence were gone. But thanks to the Vocational School Scholarship program, dreams are coming true again. Luma is one of our graduating girls and she shares her story.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | HUSKY ENERGY TAILORING SKILLS PROGRAM FOR WOMEN

New Journey for 30 Women

Could you imagine using a tape measure effectively if you didn’t know the numbers? Could you imagine using scissors for the first time and coordinating the cut? These are the challenges usually faced by women who have joined the Husky Energy Tailoring Skills Program for Women as most of them haven’t been to school. But it doesn’t stop them from working hard and learning all they can.




CHINA | END POVERTY | PIGS FOR POVERTY

Perfect Example of What's Possible

Since the start of the year, Pigs for Poverty program has helped 54 families and are looking forward to helping 71 more families as the year continues. But another exciting news for us is that we have a very special lady joining us in this year's project as a trainer.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

Dedicated Student and Role Model Mom

Although life in the countryside is free and happy, economic development here apparently cannot keep up with the rhythm outside, and the cultural gap is tremendous. The financial pressure is increasing every year, and sometimes life gets very difficult and confusing for me. I am Datintso. I am 22, and this is my story.




EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

An Excellent Teacher in the Making

Tashi entered the Vocational School Scholarship Program in 2018, and took up Preschool Education as her chosen vocational study. Her family used to borrow money so she could study but it all became too difficult financially so she had to drop school in 2017 after she finished grade 8. She shares her experiences and dreams with us.