Developing Livelihoods for Vulnerable Women in Rural China

China : Sichuan province


Problem Statement

  • Huge number of rural labor force migrating to the city for work due to rapid economic development and urbanization

  • 47 million rural women left alone to manage the household and take care of the elderly and children, and work on the farm. They are undereducated and left behind with few opportunities to improve their lives.


AEAI’s response

Empowering woman through a holistic approach


Global objective

To provide rural women with the education, skills, tools and know-how to live their lives productively through The Homemakers Learning Center.


Target Groups

300 left-behind rural women, 10,000 community members, 1,937 individuals including government officers, community leaders, experts, family members, volunteers, ferry staff


Main Activities

  • Establishing and equipping The Homemakers Learning Center.

  • Selecting and training seed women as local trainers.

  • Training for woman on literacy, livelihood and entrepreneurship courses.

  • Establishing local mutual-support groups and an education development network.

  • Organizing community activities focusing on rural women’s

  • Conducting action research and developing teaching materials for advocacy.


Expected Outcomes

  • 1 Homemakers Center established and equipped;

  • 300 rural women trained with vocational skills matching with local industry development;

  • 10 experts with specific backgrounds involved in, providing professional and tailored trainings;

  • 30 rural women trained and developed to become local social workers;

  • 1500 women’s families members benefited from women’s empowered through The Homemakers Center;

  • 10,000 local community members raise their awareness on rural women development;

  • Community education model of ‘Centers + Trainings + Mutual-support Groups’ for rural women developed and expanded.  


Provisional budget

2014: € 52,752    

2015: €51,356    

2016:  €55,000  

Total: €159,108    



Beijing Culture Development Center for Rural Women(CDCFR), Qingshen Rural Women Children Cooperation Development Promotion, Association(RWC), Women’s Federations at different levels, Research and Training Center of Literacy Education, Southwest University (RTCLE), Jiaguan County People’s Government, Qionglai City



Xuemei ZHANG, Country Representative

Location /
Duration / 2008-2019

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