CULTURE Fruits of thy labor: Grandmother harvests oranges for better life

CULTURE

Fruits of thy labor: Grandmother harvests oranges for better life

People's Daily app

20:09, March 23, 2019

Song Wenxiu, 85, working in orange orchards in Ya'an, Southwest China's Sichuan Province, on March 4, 2019. (Photos: VCG)

She gets up at 5.30 am and starts harvesting fruit during twilight. While working, the grandma sings folks songs composed by her.

Song was too poor to be able to make ends meet and found it hard to get help from neighbors.

Years ago, she decided to get back to her hometown and plant oranges for the elder couple. Thanks to the ‘internet plus’ campaign for targeted poverty alleviation, villagers have been able to improve the quality of produce and sell it online.

Training has helped villagers increase their income by by selling more quality fruits at lucrative prices.

In 2016, Song’s annual family income reached 13000 yuan ($1935). This year, she harvested 3,000 kilograms of fruit, which is estimated to be worth more than 20,000 yuan.

Song is happy with her new life and watches Olympic Games, Chinese women’s volleyball, dance and music programs, and plays cards. (Compiled by Dong Feng)

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