Ms. Zhou focuses on mental and psychological counseling for women in rural areas.
Guiying is a rural woman of 30, high school graduated.
There were a lot of problems a few years ago:
She married a divorced man and she found it’s hard to get on well with her step son.
Her husband gave her family some money when they married, so her husband thought he had bought her and she could be treated as a slave. Her husband would beat her when something went wrong. She was not allowed to go out for work or talking with the other people.
Such situation made her lose confidence for life. She complained about her parents, husband, child and even herself. She had tried suicides, but failed.
Then Guiying met me...
She still had dreams of her own and loved to learn. After several times of counseling, she got rid of confusion, desperation and sadness. She started to plan to do something and was willing to become independent in economy.
She said rural people had poor awareness in health care and she would like to start a business on it. We chose a health care product with long history together and I became her first client.
Unexpectedly, Guiying’s efforts were accepted and recognized by her counterparts, local people and head office of the product. She not only opened a shop in the small town, but bought car. Her husband, parents in law and step son became respectful to her and were proud of her.
This year, she opened another shop in the county.
I attended her shop opening ceremony. She cried when she saw me. She said to her business partners, “Teacher Zhou is my benefactor and God sent him to save me. I could not be so successful today, if I had not met Teacher Zhou.”
With this, I was so move that my tears were out. I hope more rural women can achieve independent in economy and have their own dignity and sky.
Original article written by Yonghong Zhou, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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