Bihu is among the first agricultural cooperatives established in China after 1978. This cooperative is a classic example of a shareholding cooperative in China. Thanks to a huge market place (the biggest one in the area) invested by the cooperative, more than 150 jobs in rural areas are provided, half of which are part-time employment for the local women (30-65 years old). Bihu cooperative actively participates in philanthropic investments in community social and economic development.