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Earlier this year, Tuerdi paid a visit to Turpan. It was not his first time to visit this city in China's Xinjiang region, but this was his first time to visit as the farmer representative of Heifer China's Shache project.

Heifer began working in Turpan early in 1989, and many local project farmers walked out of poverty by taking part in Heifer's programs. Some of them even became animal rearing experts, and some community self-help groups developed into cooperatives. During his four-day visit, Tuerdi made detailed notes about the advanced livestock rearing technology and concepts he saw.

“What I learned here is very valuable to share with other farmers in my village," Tuerdi says. "I will participate in Heifer projects with more initiatives and at the same time encourage more families to join Heifer.”

Heifer China's country director, Chen Taiyong, also joined in the visit. When he heard Tuerdi’s son, Hasanjan, won “Three Good Student,” he donated RMB 200 Yuan (about US $32) to Tuerdi for buying books and stationery for Hasanjan.

Editor’s note: This post is part of a series that follows the progress of specific families, starting at the beginning of their work with Heifer. You can read previous posts about Tuerdi and his family here.

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