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Across China: Schools guide villagers on path out of poverty
May 12,2017   By:Xinhua

HOHHOT, May 12, 2017 -- Wang Zhichun, 48, raises pigs, cows and sheep in his newly-built pen in a village near the city of Ulanhot in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

"I am now confident my family will have a good life," he said.

Last year, his family's disposable income reached nearly 54,000 yuan (about 7,800 U.S. dollars). His 19-year-old son Wang Jingyu received treatment for diabetes and found a job as a hairdresser in the city.

"Two years ago, we didn't have much money. We grew corn and sometimes could barely feed ourselves," he said.

In November 2015, the Wang family was registered by the local government as living below the poverty line. "Xu Jianmin, vice principal of Ulanhot Vocational School, was designated to help our family out of poverty. He came last March to show me some options," Wang Zhichun said.

"I chose what crops to plant and animals to raise, and Xu paid for them," he said.

As Wang Zhichun had some farming experience, he chose four piglets, ten calves and 100 lambs. "I earned 2,000 yuan selling the pigs, and then bought another four," he said. "The cows and sheep have given birth to two calves and 67 lambs, which I will raise and then sell."