This is an interesting article about how Guizhou is in the News of the Christian Science Monitor. Here is the link:
So this is a good story about China pulling itself up with public and private partnerships. The government is selling piglets to people in poverty at attractive prices. It is a way for people improve their living conditions. I heard a disturbing story about a government program similar to this, where the people who hardly have enough to eat get livestock at attractive prices. So they are actually poorer because they have to feed the pigs in addition to themselves. Then when the pig grows up, it can’t be sold because all the neighbors did the same thing and everybody already has their own pigs. So they slaughter the pigs and eat them. Unfortunately, they can’t eat all the meat right away and have to buy refrigerators . . .
Well this is just one scenario. What we do know is that China has made massive strides in alleviating poverty in the last 30 years and it isn’t resting on it’s laurels. I don’t know if this is a good program or not. We have to wait and see. It is kind of good to see an active government trying to help the people. Let them learn by their experience (mistakes/successes). I can’t criticize.