China’s economic prosperity has bypassed Dushi Village, where Jinying grew up. But his father’s rural-urban migration showed him what you could achieve with an entrepreneurial mindset.
Jinying says: “From a farmer to a construction worker in the city, my father became not just a contractor, but also an entrepreneur who talked to the villagers to understand their concerns and help them find a job in the city using his network.”
Jinying led the team to explore the use of eco enzymes from food waste to feed animals. He explains: “It is tough for graduates to start a successful business in China because young people don’t have access to the tools, expertise and right partners. Luckily, we got all this support from the programme and won the competition.”
On the road to change
The Entrepreneurs for Growth programme empowered Jinying to fulfil his ambition through business training, mentorship and networking opportunities. He says: “By continuing my business project, I hope to bring positive value, help create jobs, and build economic and social value to society.”
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2021 Futuremakers Forum was successfully held in July with the focus of ‘Unleashing the potential of young people to succeed in the future world of work’.
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