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Knitting industry helps poverty alleviation

By Liu Fang, Zhu Shan Source:China Tibet News 2019年10月22日 09:54

In a poverty alleviation store, Kunkyi is knitting a wool quilt with other five women. They are working in an orderly way. All handicrafts displayed in the store are made by women from Drongtsang Town, such as belts, hats and wool cushions.

Drongtsang Town is located in Nyima County, Nagqu, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. Its population is about 2,880 with 815 households. Among them, the number of poor people is 708,with a poverty incidence rate of 24.58%. In the past, local economy was mainly supported by traditional animal husbandry. With this single industrial structure, residents always wait for the help from others.

40-year-old Kunkyi is the president of the local women's federation in Gongma Village of Drongtsang Town. She has focused on helping the locals to get rid of poverty, encouraging women to work and, seeking a better economic situation.

Kunkyi is good at hand-knitting. She has wanted to teach local women from poor families how to knit, which is also a useful way for poverty alleviation. Therefore, Kunkyi has poured her own money into the establishment of the poverty alleviation store of Gongma Village's women textile cooperative in early 2016.

Every morning, Kunkyi goes to the store and trains them. Starting from simple operation, she teaches them step by step. Gradually, more and more Drongtsang women join them. Now, there are over 20 female workers from registered impoverished households.

The handicrafts are exhibited on the store and soon attract buyers. With good location, this store is next to No. 317 national highway, an important transit hub linking Nagqu and Ngari. Tourists who pass by the store buy some excellent handicrafts. The business has gone well since its opening. In 2018, its net profit reached more than 20,000 yuan RMB. Kunkyi distributed it to her workers, which helped increase their income.

"Thanks to Kunkyi, I get this good job. My family's annual income increases by over 4,000 yuan RMB. Now Iwork at home and take care of my family instead of going out to make money," says Karma, one of Kunkyi's workers. Some skilled workers like her usually work at home and send knitted products to the store.

"At the begining, the annual average revenue was about 25,000 yuan RMB. This year's revenue is expected to be higher than last year," says Kunkyi. Next, this poverty alleviation store is predicted to expand production scale and broaden its market, helping more impoverished women increase income and get rid of poverty.

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