When you think of China, you probably think of large, busy cities and growing industry, but half of the Chinese population lives far away in the rural mountainous countryside. Most people living in these areas are forced to choose between living in poverty or leaving their family behind in hopes of earning a better wage in the city. This reality recently hit Mr. Yan, a farmer in a small village in the Yunnan province.
Mr. Yan and his family own a small farm where they grow corn. His wife and two young boys help as much as they can. They earn a meager income of about $3,000 per year. The family doesn't have much, but they're able to be together.
Mr. Yan loves spending time with his family, working with his boys in the fields and helping them with school. But a severe drought caused Mr. Yan to lose most of his crops, dropping his already low annual income in half. He began to feel he would have no choice but to leave his family behind and move to the city where he would have a better chance to earning more money to provide for them. This is a choice he didn't want to make.
He was a husband who didn't want to leave his wife and a father who didn't want to say goodbye to his two precious sons.
Thanks to your support, he didn't have to leave.
When you gave the Yan family six goats ($1,500), it meant more than just a new source of income. Mr. Yan started breading and selling kid goats, and in less than a year, he earned $6,000 for his family... doubling their income!
Now Mr. Yan is in a position to help others. He recently gave two goats to a neighbor and is teach him to raise kids as well.
In less than a year, with a relatively small gift, a family on the brink of being torn apart is now spreading hope in rural China. Thank you for your support!
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