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FEATURE STORY March 7, 2019

Thinking Equal in China: Yang Yin’s Path to Crowdfunding for Healthcare

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On International Women’s Day 2019, we are sharing stories of women doing inspiring work across China. Their diverse contributions highlight the transformative power of women in the country. Yang Yin founded Qing Song Chou, a crowdfunding platform for healthcare.

Tell us about yourself.   

I founded Qing Song Chou (“Easy Raising”) and am also its angel investor. After more than four years of development, Qing Song Chou has become a comprehensive healthcare platform. Our pioneering “serious illness aid” model has helped pay medical bills of many patients with serious illnesses and in financial difficulties in a timely manner.

What inspires you to get up in the morning? What drives you?

I think it is dream and responsibility. Qing Song Chou carries the hope of many families with seriously ill members. Meanwhile, we have a more ambitious goal – we are hoping to leverage the power of information technology to enable everyone to live a healthy and dignified life. This is what inspires me and my team to move forward.

What set you on this path?

On my 40th birthday, I decided to resign from my job and join this startup company, going from an angel investor to an entrepreneur. From that day on, I wanted to live a different life and start a new phase of my life.

What advice do you have for young women who want to take a similar path?

Entrepreneurship is a hard path, especially for female entrepreneurs who may need to invest more and make greater efforts to be recognized. However, I want to say to all my fellow women that as long as we “follow our heart and strive for excellence” and stick to the right path, we will be able to achieve success.

Do you have a favorite quote or saying?

Take actions as fast as thunderbolt; Be as compassionate as Buddha.

What are the biggest issues in China right now and how can they be addressed?

Winning the war against poverty is the biggest task in the process to build a well-off society in China. It is the most important and most urgent task. From the perspective of Qing Song Chou, an effective supplement to the existing health insurance system, we will continue to leverage technology to provide health protection for third- and fourth-tier cities and urban and rural residents, and do our part to prevent people from being reduced to or returned to poverty because of illness.

Where do you see China in 25 years?

Some experts predict that by 2030, China's potential advantage in artificial intelligence (AI) will extend to areas such as transportation, corporate services, healthcare and finance. I hope that by then, our vision – “let every family have the courage and strength to cope with illness” – can be realized and people live a healthy and happy life.

What change would you like to see that could bring greater equality in China?

We hope that women will be given better job security and more equal employment opportunities at the national and policy levels, and that women will be given more attention and care at the social level and be encouraged to create more social value.

If you could use one word to describe women in East Asia Pacific what would it be?

Hardworking, tenacious.

*The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent the views of the World Bank Group and its employees.



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