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Tibetan herders record path out of poverty in notebooks
update:June 16,2020
CHENGDU, June 16,2020 -- More than a decade ago, Loden, a herdsman in Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China's Sichuan Province, sold all 50 of his family's yaks to treat his wife, and the family became penniless.
However, things began to turn around after the family in Kahui Village, a pastoral village sitting at the foot of snow mountains in Litang County, was identified as a poverty-stricken household in 2014.
Loden received a notebook from the local government to record his poverty reduction goals and progress achieved.
The cadres in his village often came to his home to encourage him not to lose heart. They introduced poverty alleviation policies to him and taught him to apply for project funds.
Nibuzim, a doctor from the People's Hospital of Litang County, also paired up with Loden's family, helping them get access to medical resources and visiting their home regularly to check on the wife's health.
Meanwhile, Kahui Village developed a collective economy and set up a pasture through self-financing by villagers and government subsidies in October 2014. Loden and his fellow villagers can raise yaks and goats, grow grass or run hot spring villas there, and receive dividends from the collective economy.
"Life will get better if you work hard," he said with confidence.
Loden's notebook has witnessed the life changes of his family over the years. It recorded the annual per capita income of the family of eight people gradually climbing to 7,122.5 yuan (about 1,005 U.S. dollars) in 2019 from 3,017 yuan in 2015, when they got rid of poverty.
Such notebooks can be found in every poverty-stricken household in Loden's village as well, recording the improvement of local life, medical and educational conditions.
Now, Loden's family has more than 40 yaks and is allotted some 127 hectares of pasture. They also bought a new motorcycle.
Kahui Village plans to further transform the pasture and hot spring villas to root out the long-standing poverty of the village through cultural tourism, ecological agriculture and animal husbandry.
Earlier this year, Loden's little grandson injured his pinky finger, but was initially unable to seek medical treatment due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
After learning this, Nibuzim offered to help the anxious family contact the hospital and send the child there for treatment.
"Although we have been lifted out of poverty, the people who assisted us still care about us so much," Loden said.
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