Mei, a diligent single mother, is busy working at home and in the fields everyday in order to support her daughter in school. Her daughter is in her first year of high school. Her main source of income is through farming, but the wheat, rapeseed and potatoes she grows are only enough for their own consumption. As such, she goes up to the mountains to dig for caterpillar fungus in summer. Unfortunately, the income from digging caterpillar fungus is not stable.
When Mei shared about the additional livelihood she received from Pigs for Poverty Program, she could not conceal her joy at the thought of providing a better future for her daughter where she will be able to finish school and go to college.
“I was extremely happy and grateful when I received two piglets 8 months ago. I feed them carefully every day by following the trainer’s advice, and I always provide them with a clean and dry pigsty. Now that my piglets are grown up, they will breed 12 to 18 piglets in several months, and I look forward to it. Raising pigs allows me to take care of farming and generate extra income at home, and I am confident now that I will be able to support my daughter’s education. Thank you for helping me!”
My world is not limited to a small mountain village. I want to reach a distance I have never reached. I want to go to the top of the mountain to overlook the world and blow the night wind on the top of the mountain.
The Husky Energy Tailoring Skills Program for Women started in August this year, with 51 students attending. This program is running in Western China and we have seen great potential in the students in improving their way of life.
One of our projects for the My First Job program in China is the Embroidery Skills Training. Behind the faces of each of the students is an encouraging story of hope and perseverance. One of them is Daretao and this is her story: