Entrepreneur builds bright future for Himalayan home

2018-07-24 10:08:00 | From:China Daily

Dak Padruk receives hada, a ceremonial silk scarf, offered by a villager whom he helped at Drago village in Lhunze county, Tibet autonomous region. [Photo/China Daily]

Most people in the Tibet autonomous region's Lhunze county know "Dak" Padruk; not just because he is a successful businessman, but for his warmheartedness and generosity.

He has helped many people in Drago village live a better life.

The village, where Padruk was born in 1966, sits at the southern foot of the Himalayas, where steep slopes and rugged paths make access difficult. The villagers are farmers living in remote valleys.

His family was poor when he was a child. After finishing junior middle school, he began to find part-time jobs. For years, he worked as a porter and shop assistant in Lhasa, the regional capital, and Shigatse.

"Working for other people couldn't make me much money or benefit others, so I set up a small farming construction company in Drago in 1997 with some other villagers," Padruk said.

He was renowned for working hard when he was a young man, leading villagers to nickname him Dak — Tibetan for tiger — which means "a man who works like a tiger".

The construction company grew over the decades. When it started it had just over 30 employees, but today it has 650.

Padruk now owns three companies: in construction, vegetable farming and vegetable sales. He employs 180 people from 60 households in Drago, which has a total population of 597. The average salary of Padruk's employees is above 3,500 yuan ($540).

Workers from 25 of the village's most impoverished families have stable jobs in his companies, with salaries between 3,000 and 4,000 yuan.

"I also allow villagers working in my companies to do their farming work when required, so they don't need to worry about it," he said.

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