Ma Shuying (b. 1927) was married into Shaziying Village, Yang Town, Shunyi District, Beijing when she was 17. In this interview, Ma recalls the life during the Great Famine. During that time when Ma's husband went to build the Miyun Reservoir, she had to take care of six children all by herself. However, she still had to work at the production team otherwise they could not eat at the communal canteen. Later Ma led the children to make mats and hats for extra money. They were even disrespected by some neighbors because of their poverty.