Nanchang－deEp in the mountains in the middle of the rice of Chongyi Count about to start sixth grade.
Shangbao rice terraces, which are behind the family home, have been grown for thousands of years. In 2018, the UN Agriculture and Food Organization recognized terraces as an important agricultural heritage site worldwide. She herself only received education in primary school. Her family was so poor when she was a child that they could only educate her younger brother, while Deng and her younger sister were forced to leave school to work in the fields until they could find work in The neighboring province of Guangdong.
When they were old enough to marry, the sisters returned to the mountains to have their own families.
According to Deng, grinding poverty often meant that local women had to take responsibility for their families at an early age, a destination transmitted from generation to generation.
twelve years ago, she gave birth to four girls instead of the boy that her family expected. They were born almost 40 days before, each weighed only 1.48 kg and had to stay in incubators. 15 million, and are even lower for babies of the same sex.
for Deng, who made less than 2,300 yuan ($ 334) a year at that time, the arrival of quadruple was a big surprise and a financial burden.
she and her husband earned a living working in the fields and crops of the 0.2 hectares of family rice fields gave them enough to eat. During the low season, the couple was forced to complement their income working in toys and clothing factories in Guangdong. "The baby's formula alone cost almost 1,000 yuan per month," said Deng, adding that when a child became ill, it is likely that the other three will be affected, and a visit to the hospital could cost more than 4,000 yuan.
Deng was worried about the education of her daughters, which she saw as the best way to escape the remote mountains.
She didn't buy them toys until they were six years old, but she had the habit of taking a family photo every two years. The six taken in the last 12 years clearly record the educational progress of the four girls.
The third photo of the family, taken in 2016, shows the girls dressed in pink, smiling in front of their kindergarten. During China's struggle against absolute poverty, the local government subsidized students from poor families registered until graduation, and girls were among those that benefited from politics.
The fifth photo of the family, taken in 2020, shows the quadruplets that return home with their pink school bags. Because they look like teachers and classmates often mix their names, but Deng can accurately identify her daughters in voice.
last year, after the family was able to get up from poverty, Deng hung the certificate of the poverty relief family on the wall next to the prizes that her children had received in the school. She also built a new house with the help of local government, with separate rooms and desks for each daughter.
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