Oftentimes when you hear about rags to riches stories, you think that the person that made millions probably forgot where they came from. Well that is not the case at all in the story of Xiong Shuihua. He was born in Xiongkeng village in the city of Xinju located in Southern China. He always said that his family was well looked after in their small village and that the residents supported them throughout his childhood. Rather than forgetting where he came from when he made his millions in the steel industry, he decided that it’s important that he spends his wealth giving back to the community, and he did this all for free!
When Xiong Shuihua returned to his village, he decided to give everybody a place of their own to live. The area was very run down and many lived in a basic home.
He decided to transform this village, and ended up building 72 luxury flats for 72 different families in the village.
However, there were 18 different families that were extremely kind to the businessman and his family when he was growing up. For these families, he gave them their very own villas in the village. The project ended up costing over $5 million.
Once the families moved in, he even promised the older residents and the low-income residents three meals a day so they wouldn’t have to worry about feeding their family.
One resident named Qiong Chu, 75, said, “I remember his parents. they were kind-hearted people who cared very much for others, and it’s great that their son has inherited that kindness.”
Xiong Shuihua said, “I earned more money than I knew what to do with, and I didn’t want to forget my roots.”
“I always pay my debts, and wanted to make sure the people who helped me when I was younger and my family were paid back.”
What a truly amazing story and an even more amazing businessman. It’s so great to hear when people remember where they came from, especially when they spend their hard-earned money giving back to the community, helping people who are less fortunate than them.