"She was scared that we might lose all the money we made over the years, but I was determined to try it," he said.
At first, Tenzin went door to door to offer his services. After a while, with solid service and good quality, business soared, and Tenzin became a household name in Tongde County.
Tenzin was very generous with his tailoring skills. After his business success, many villagers came to Tenzin to learn how to make clothing. In less than two years, almost all families in Songduo Village had their own tailor studios.
"Even a disabled woman learned it, which helped her family make about 100,000 yuan a year," Tenzin said.
"In the past, we could only eat potatoes," said local villager Dorje. "Now mutton has replaced potatoes."
In Songduo Village, the average annual income has exceeded 80,000 yuan, and 90 percent of families have bought cars.
Government help has also played a big part in lifting locals out of poverty.
Tongde County is in a southern pastoral area of Qinghai, with an average altitude of 3,600 meters above sea level. There are more than 60,000 people living in the county, more than 90 percent of whom are Tibetans. Since 2012, the county has received more than 4 billion yuan in poverty allievation funds from higher authorities, which were spent on infrastructure, renovating houses for poor people and income-generating projects.
The county government spent more than 4 million yuan to build factories and purchasing equipment for villagers to make Tibetan clothes.
"With hard work and good government policies, I believe our lives will become much much better," Tenzin said.