Feature: China-Laos joint poverty alleviation project transforms Lao hilly village

VIENTIANE, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) — Some two hours’ drive on bumpy roads to the north from Laos’ capital Vientiane lies the village Ban Xor of Sangthong district, settled among the hills.

Among the 407 households, or 2,007 residents in the village, half live in poverty with annual per capita net income less than 700 U.S. dollars.

However, a set of newly-built roads, houses and solar power street lights make a sharp contrast with its old and poor infrastructure, indicating the village’s recent effort to combat poverty.

Under a pilot project to reduce poverty in East Asia, the Chinese team selected Ban Xor village to apply China’s experience in shaking off poverty since September 2017.