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.

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CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

An Orphan's Life is About to Change

In August this year, 95 girls joined Captivating's Vocational School Scholarship program, bringing the total of girls in this 3 year program to 277. All these girls were found by our on-the-ground partner [Shamtse] to be out of school. Getting these girls back into school where they can learn a skill that will provide them with independence and job opportunities is important to us at Captivating. It's girls like Zhang who bring special meaning to this program.




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

Determination to Support Her Family

The year is about to come to end, but for the women in Husky Energy Tailoring Skills Program for Women, this will mark a new beginning. They are more than excited to graduate from the program and start a new chapter, equipped with their newly learned skills in making beautiful clothing. One of them is Degerjyid.




CHINA | END POVERTY | PIGS FOR POVERTY

A Mother's Sustainable Efforts to Send Her Children to School

"I always firmly believe that education can change the future, so it's important to me to send my children to school no matter how hard or tired I am. I didn't have the opportunity to get an education. Because of this, I haven't had a stable source of income, but I have to stick whatever I can for the sake of my children. Fortunately, with your encouragement and help, I have hope in my life."




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

Diligent Mum Now with Stable Employment

When she first joined the My First Job Assistant Chef Program, she was nervous and worried that she would slow down the class' progress because other women may already be more skilled than her. Dongzhikyid doubled her efforts, working diligently everyday on the assignments the teacher gave them, and was able to keep up with everyone else.




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.