Here's a story that is sure to warm hearts. Now a successful businessman, this Chinese man is repaying kindness to those he grew up with in an inspiring way.
Xiong Shuihua is a multimillionaire businessman who started from humble beginnings in the small village of Xiongkeng in southern China. Now that he’s made it big in the construction industry, however, he has returned to provide better security and sanctuary for those who still reside there.
The 54-year-old steel tycoon has found a way to give back by building new homes for free in his own hometown near the city of Xinyu. To make space for new luxury flats and villas, he and his team bulldozed old huts and paved muddy roads.
As shared by DailyMail, five years ago the area was run down and many people lived in basic homes. But now, the village has been transformed and 72 families are now enjoying life in luxury new flats.
You never know if a kindness will be remembered, or even repaid; but the way Xiong is helping those whom he grew up with is a powerful reminder that every action does matter.
18 families who were particularly kind to the businessman in his youth were given villas of their own in a project costing close to €4 million (Euros). And after moving in, he promised three meals a day to the older residents and people on a low income, to ensure they will always get by.
No doubt such security has transformed the lives of many of these residents.
Though the multimillionaire started with little, he made his grand payout of money in the construction industry first, then later by getting involved in the steel trade.
In an interview with YouKu, he 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 were helped me when I was younger and my family were paid back.”
Local elder 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 his kindness.