Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  24 minutes
Date:  2000
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Because They're Worth It

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Micro-credit, education, health information, and hope provided to impoverished Chinese.

Life - Because They're Worth It

Internationally, the definition for absolute poverty is living on an income of under $1 a day. But the Chinese government has a lower threshold: the definition for poverty in China is living on 66 cents a day. Out of a total Chinese population of 1.3 billion, there are 42 million Chinese who are poor.

This episode of Life looks at a scheme which is helping poor people break out of the cycle of poverty and ignorance -- by providing them with small loans, basic health information, education...and hope.

In Wang San Ping village, near the Chinese border with Burma, in the southwest of Yunnan province, Yu Gui Hua and her friend Hu Zang Hua have used their loans from the scheme to build plastic greenhouses to grow vegetables all year round. They've repaid the first loans, and have even more ambitious plans for the second loan they're going to take out: this time, Yu Gui Hua has her sights set on a guest house, a car park -- even a restaurant.

But the micro-credit scheme, funded by UNICEF in China, does more than help women on to the first, vital step of the economic ladder. It also helps them gain friends, basic knowledge on how to improve their health -- and, crucially, self-esteem. As 83-year-old Ji Ki Ren Di, a woman from the Bai Yi caste in Mei Gu, a clan-based slave society until 1956, sums her situation up: 'I was born a slave and was forced to live in a grass shed....Now we live in a solid house. I don't think that I can live much longer, but I have lived long enough to see my family free. Now every day is a little better...'

'Gambling a few dollars in loans has helped China's rural poor hit the jackpot.' Timothy McGettigan, Professor of Sociology, University of Southern Colorado


Main credits

Liu, John D. (film producer)
Liu, John D. (film director)
Liu, John D. (screenwriter)
Gawin, Luke (film producer)
Richards, Jenny (film producer)
Lamb, Robert (editor of moving image work)
Masuta, Yumi (translator)
Clark, Avril (narrator)
Judd, Edward (on-screen participant)
Liang, Jong (on-screen participant)
Zhang, Ying Hua (on-screen participant)
Ng, Shui Meng (translator)
Ng, Shui Meng (on-screen participant)
Zhang, Fu (on-screen participant)

Other credits

Executive producer, Jenny Richards; series producer, Luke Gawin; series editor, Robert Lamb; translation, Ng Shui-Meng, Yumi Masuta.

Distributor credits

Television Trust for the Environment

John Liu

Television Trust for the Environment
John Liu
Series Editor: Robert Lamb
Executive Producer: Jenny Richards
Series Producer: Luke Gawin

Docuseek2 subjects

Women's Studies
Cultural Anthropology
Economic Anthropology

Distributor subjects

Asian Studies
Developing World
Global Issues
Human Rights
Social Justice
United Nations
Women's Studies


; "Because They're Worth It"; Bullfrog Films

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