July 1998

31st July 1998

More loans in Banyang

Rose in Banyang hamlet 2 discussing the rural credit schemeFollowing on from last month's loans to women in Banyang Village hamlets 3-5, fourteen women from number 2 hamlet took out loans in July as part of DORS Women's Rural Credit Scheme.

The picture on the right shows Rose discussing the scheme with some of the women (and children!) in the yard of the Village Women's Cadre. Each woman signs an individual contract with DORS.

Flood Damage

Despite its mountaious location, Hanyuan has not escaped the torrential flooding that has affected China this summer. Heavy rain has damaged agricultural crops and businesses. The local government has estimated the flood damage to be in the region of nearly 10 million RMB. Rains regularly destabalise the hillsides, leading to landslides and rock falls. In Juetuo Village a huge boulder landed on a house after falling down the mountain-side. The building was destoyed though fortunately the family miraculously survived.

Wansheng Drinking Water Project Update

Late last year the majority of residents in Wansheng were connected to the new British Embassy funded water supply system. Two remaining hamlets were finally connected in May this year after additional work at the stream head to increase the water flow rate. Of the 2,000 people supplied there are just six households now remaining to be connected and work is due to begin on laying the additional piping for these during August.

BCCC Presentation in Beijing

The British Chamber of Commerce in China officially presented its second donation towards DORS poverty alleviation projects at a ceremony in Beijing this month. On behalf of the BCCC, the Duke of Gloucester presented a cheque for 53,000 RMB to DORS Trustee Derek Acock.

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