poverty-reduction workshop, where over 40 women from poor families found jobs. They draw on their fine craftsmanship and hand
made items such as wallets, insoles and pillowcases, which sell at places as far away as Beijing and Shanghai.
In December 2018, Shangyan and Yangcao were removed from the list of poverty-strike
n villages with eight other villages of Huanghua Township, which means poverty had dropped to 3 percent and
below, with all impoverished population included in the national basic medical insurance scheme.
Ma died about a year after she was diagnosed with lymph cancer by a Beijing-based hospital in May 2017.
Even during chemotherapy, she often thought about poverty relief work, and after five months treatment, she returned to her office.
The mountainous Guyuan City, where Huanghua Township is located, is one of the sites whe
re the Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army of the Communist Party of China arrived during the epic Long
March from 1934 to 1936, which had seen a large number of officers and soldiers killed or injured.