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Relocated Tibetan villagers leave poverty behind in new year

By Source:Xinhua 2018-03-09

Losang Nyandrak, 45, in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, was proud that his household was no longer registered as a low-income family in the new year.

The farmer-turned-contractor is a resident of Sijijixiang New Village near Lhasa, the regional capital.

In December 2016, a total of 1,310 residents from 285 households, including Losang Nyandrak, were relocated to the new village.

With a total investment of 143 million yuan (US$22.6 million), construction on the new village began in August and was completed in December two years ago. In addition to homes, there are also electric power facilities, supermarkets and clinics.

Villagers can choose to work their original land or lease the land to agricultural companies. Nearly 500 villagers have so far attended skill training courses on everything from driving a car or excavator to weaving carpets.

The village is near the airport expressway, the railway and a national highway. Children can attend school in nearby towns and counties.

Before the relocation, Losang Nyandrak tried to seek employment in factories and on construction sites during slack seasons. But job opportunities were rare.

He had two daughters who were at school ages. His wife was in poor health and needed money for medical treatment. To make things worse, he had a car accident a few years ago and went into debt as a result in order to compensate for injuries.

The annual income for his family of four was only 8,000 yuan in 2015, far below the national poverty threshold.

Thanks to improved traffic and more demand in construction near the new village, Losang Nyandrak became a contractor for projects outside the village and recruited more than 80 fellow villagers.

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