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From: China Tibet Online 2011-07-07 13:07:00
by: Kristen Zhang
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60 years of changes in Tibetan grandma's life

Tashi Tsomo, a 63-year-old Tibetan woman was born in Nanggarze County of Tibet. In her early life, she lived a miserable life in the old society working for serf owners all day and night.

After Tibet's democratic reform was carried out in Tibet, Tashi Tsomo was emancipated from serfdom and participated in a class to learn arithmetic and to read and write. Then she became an accountant in the former Zhang Mai Village.

In 1988, the sudden flood destroyed over 10 householdss and all the food supplies in Tashi's hometown. It was the local government who provided shelters and basic supplies for them to go through the hard time.

With the strong support of the local government, great changes have taken place in Tashi Tsomo's life. She started to plant highland barley, potatoes, rapes and other crops on her farmland thanks to the subsidies every year.

"My whole family joined the rural cooperative medical system to lower the cost of medical service, " she added. "Look at our Tibetan-style furniture! All those are hand-made by my son-in-law. He learnt the woodcraft skills from a free training sponsored by the government. Now he can make furniture not only for our family but also earn money."

In Tibet, the elderly Tibetans like Tashi benefited from the preferential policy are enjoying their life to the utmost till the rest of their life.

"We are very gratified to the aid provided by the government. We will never live such a happy life without it, " she said.

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