Zhanjiang, Liuzhou team up to fight poverty
Zhanjiang in Guangdong province has been partnered with Liuzhou in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region since September 2017 to support Liuzhou in its poverty alleviation efforts, with several significant achievements having been made.
To date, Guangdong and Zhanjiang have put a financial assistance fund of 444.33 million yuan ($66.26 million) in place in implementing 144 projects in Liuzhou, of which 57 projects were initiated this year.
Zhanjiang helps Liuzhou implement a number of industrial projects to increase the incomes of local impoverished people. [Photo by Deng Yaorui/Zhanjiang Daily]
A number of poverty alleviation industrial parks, large-scale relocation sites, schools, hospitals, and poverty alleviation workshops have been built in Liuzhou, greatly improving the lives of impoverished people and the environment of villages.
Sanjiang Dong autonomous county, an impoverished county in Liuzhou, has been advancing its poverty alleviation efforts with the help of Wuchuan, a county-level city of Zhanjiang. The two sides have been focusing on improving people's livelihoods, especially that of people with disabilities.
Qin Wenxiang, an impoverished person in Sanjiang, is currently working at a bamboo weaving base for the disabled. "I am very proud to see the finished bamboo weaving products, and feel that I can lift myself out of poverty with my own hands," said Qin.
People with disabilities earn money in the form of a basic salary and a piece rate wage at the base, according to the person in charge of the base, adding that their monthly income is nearly 2,000 yuan.
By the end of 2019, Zhanjiang has helped lift 97,800 impoverished people in Rongshui, Rong'an, and Sanjiang counties in Liuzhou out of poverty.
In addition, Zhanjiang has helped more than 57,000 impoverished people from the three counties find employment in provinces and cities in eastern China since 2017.