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A Laowai's Trip to Guizhou (Part 2): Honest citizen loans boost economy in Guizhou's village

09-13-2012 14:25 BJT

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By CCTV correspondent Mary Davis

In one of the poorest villages in Guizhou’s Qingzhen county, the local government has set up a system with villagers, and the local credit union, to boost the area’s economy.

For many years, leaving home to become a migrant worker was expected from most young adults in the town of Anliu. As one of the poorest areas in Guizhou, a lack of funds has kept the town’s development extremely low.

In one of the poorest villages in Guizhou’s Qingzhen county, the local government has set
up a system with villagers, and the local credit union, to boost the area’s economy.

But in 2007, the local government set up a program called The Honesty Construction Project in an effort to boost the local economy.

The program uses more than 100 guidelines to judge the character of a resident, ranging from his patriotism to how often he helps elders in the community.

After an interview is conducted, input is also given from other local villagers on the applicant’s reputation and standing in the community. If deemed an ’honest’ citizen, the applicant is approved for a low-interest uncollatoralized loan from the local credit union.

Wang Anxiang, deputy secretary of Anliu Party Committee, said, "It’s a win-win model. The credit union provides financial support to the villagers, and then earns money through interest payments. After villagers make a profit, they can pay back their loans and have more to take home to their families."

CCTV correspondent Mary Davis in Guizhou

Wang says that the annual income of those living in Anliu has tripled since 2006, and the town’s infrastructure has been improved with paved roads and street lights. But there are other areas of the town that are also taking new shape.

Once they’ve received a loan from the bank, the people of Anliu can then put that money towards things like this watermelon field, and down here we have corn. The government will then help them to market their produce to cities throughout the entire country. So these once migrant workers are back in their home towns, raising their kids and making a lot more money than they were before. But they’re not just growing crops; they’re growing opportunities for their village to become a more developed place.

Liu Yun earns about 8, 000 yuan more per month thanks to the farming business he was able to start with the help of the program’s loan. Living in Zhejiang province as a migrant worker, he returned to his hometown after hearing about developing opportunities. He said before he was only able to borrow about 3, 000 yuan, now he’s able to borrow 200, 000.

Liu Yun, farmer in Anliu, said, "The business has also created job opportunities for other villagers. I now employ more than 30 people to work in my fields everyday. Each of them earns about one thousand yuan more per month."

As for the local bank, they say what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

Zeng Jianhua, Anliu Director of Guizhou Rural Credit Union, said, "We will continue to participate in the program. The projects that villagers take on with the financial support, improve the area’s development. When the economy becomes strong, the whole society can live in a more stable and harmonious environment."

The ancient Chinese philosopher Laozi said "Give a Man a Fish, Feed Him For a Day. Teach a Man to Fish, Feed Him For a Lifetime." With 90 percent of Anliu town receiving loans through The Honesty Construction Project, it seems there will be enough to eat for a long time to come.

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Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CCTV.com

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