Give2Asia staff visit the program site in Dayi, Chengdu to meet the local project team and beneficiaries—and to update our understanding of local needs.
The COVID-19 pandemic impacted livelihoods across China. Rural areas were especially impacted, with many small businesses, farmers, and planters suffering significant difficulties in their life and work. Public health measures prevented some products from selling, which made these families’ income plummet.
To address this challenge, Leping Social Entrepreneur Foundation (Leping) launched the COVID-19 Post-Outbreak Rural Livelihood Support Program with the support of Give2Asia. The program has three objectives: providing micro-loans to affected families; providing digital agricultural technology; and building a mutual aid network. Together, these projects would support these disadvantaged rural families to resume production and pull through the difficult times.
In December 2021, representatives from Give2Asia’s China Representative Office (CRO) joined Leping staff for a visit to the program site in Dayi, Chengdu to meet the local project team and beneficiaries, and to update our understanding of the local needs.
Give2Asia staff meeting with beneficiaries of micro-loans
During the visit, Give2Asia met with disadvantaged business families and farmers in Dayi to hear their stories. We also had the opportunity to observe preliminary outcomes from the program:
- The micro-loans helped local restaurant owners to maintain their businesses and cover the daily expenses for their families.
- The digital agricultural technology system developed by Leping has helped fish farmers by greatly decreased the mortality rate of fish through real-time water quality monitoring.
- The rural community mutual aid network supported several disadvantaged families to solve their urgent needs.
Even with this progress, there were still needs and problems to be solved. While the digital agricultural technology system benefited the farmers’ production, the products weren’t always able to reach to larger market for sale. Many disadvantaged families also had difficulties getting medical treatment and housing and needed more support to access social resources. Give2Asia raised suggestions to Leping and shared recommendations for the sustainable development of this program.
An agricultural expert from Leping and Give2Asia staff observing the digital agricultural technology system in a vineyard supported by this program
The Rural Livelihood Support Program was jointly supported by Give2Asia and a generous corporate donor. The initial 18-month post-outbreak program began in 2020 and will conclude in mid-2022. We are optimistic that the program will continue to develop and provide more aid for the disadvantaged families impacted by the pandemic.
On-site visits help Give2Asia’s CRO understand the progress and outcomes of the program and better evaluate potential project risks and compliance issues. Give2Asia will keep carrying out on-site investigations for this and other significant grants to ensure reliable and effective implementation of the programs we support.
Give2Asia staff meeting with a disadvantaged family to understand their needs