Villager exerts himself with a firm resolution to cast off poverty
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Xiaoluoma is a village tucked away in the Qinling-Daba mountain areas of southwest China's Sichuan Province. For years, the villagers here had been living in poverty.
In 2015, China's central government launched a "precision poverty relief" campaign which targeted such villages as Xiaoluoma. Since then, a bunch of policies, including small loans, relocation and incentive programs began to benefit those villages officially registered as "poor".
Past: An aerial view of Li Guozhi’s old residence and the downhill path he made amid the Qinling-Daba mountains in Xiaoluoma Village, Sept. 22, 2016.
Present: An aerial view of the relocation site where Li Guozhi now lives, April 2, 2020.
Covered by governmental campaign policies, poverty-stricken Xiaoluoma villagers saw a ray of hope. Li Guozhi was one of them. The beneficial terms he was offered had incentivized him to seriously think of shedding poverty.
Combo photo shows Li Guozhi checking on the growth of rattan pepper in Xiaoluoma Village, April 2, 2020.
Li Guozhi shows an herb plant in Xiaoluoma Village, April 2, 2020.
"Better strive than suffer," wrote Li on the mud wall of his dilapidated old house as self-encouragement, when the man waged his own anti-poverty war.
Past: Li Guozhi poses in front of his old residence in Xiaoluoma Village, Aug. 22, 2016. On the wall behind him, Li wrote down a motto in his fight against poverty: "Better strive than suffer".
Present: Li Guozhi poses in front of his new home at a relocation site in Xiaoluoma Village, April 2, 2020.
An aerial view of Li Guozhi's old residence (L), a ground flattened by him, and a downhill path he made in Xiaoluoma Village on Sept. 22, 2016.
Li started by launching an agricultural business that mixes animal husbandry and plant cultivation, on a 50,000 yuan (7,615 U.S. dollars) small loan. To transport his products, which range from cattle and sheep to corns and rattan pepper, Li purchased a motorized tricycle. He then flattened a mountaintop space and used it as a tricycle practice ground. After that, he also shoveled a path extending over one kilometer downhill.
Past: Li Guozhi walks on a path he made in Xiaoluoma Village, Aug. 22, 2016.
Present: Li Guozhi walks on a new path he made as he checks on cole flower and rattan pepper in fields in Xiaoluoma Village, April 2, 2020.
Li Guozhi feeds goats in Xiaoluoma Village, April 2, 2020.
Li Guozhi walks on a path he made in Xiaoluoma Village, April 2, 2020.
Li Guozhi harvests corns in Xiaoluoma Village, Sept. 22, 2016.
Li Guozhi poses for a photo with his motorized tricycle on the mountaintop tricycle practice ground he prepared for himself in Xiaoluoma Village, Aug. 22, 2016.
In just a few years, Li's business thrived. In 2019, his farm provided the family with an income exceeding 100,000 yuan (15,206 U.S. dollars).
Li Guozhi processes herbs in Xiaoluoma Village, April 2, 2020.
Over the past years, Li witnessed the life of his family getting better. In late 2016, Li's six-member family moved into a 150-square-meter two-storey house. Li paid 8,000 yuan (1,218 U.S. dollars) for the new residence while the remaining cost was subsidized by a poverty-relief relocation plan.
Past: Li Guozhi and his wife prepare a meal at the kitchen of their old residence in Xiaoluoma Village, Aug. 22, 2016.
Present: Li Guozhi and his wife prepare a meal at the kitchen of their new home at a relocation site in Xiaoluoma Village, Nov. 25, 2020.
Li Guozhi (C) and his wife (R) chat with a neighbour at a relocation site in Xiaoluoma Village, Nov. 25, 2020.
Born in August, 1987, Liu Kun joined Xinhua News Agency Tibet Branch in 2012. In 2015 he was transferred to Xinhua News Agency Sichuan Branch, where he has been working since then. In recent years he has specialized in reports on poverty relief campaigns in the Qinba and Wumeng mountain areas of Sichuan Province.
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