Peasants of a small village in Fujian have been selling their blood to make a living for more than 30 years, a newspaper has reported. Qianou village, near Quanzhou, used to be one of Fujian's poorest villages. After the Blood Donation Law came into effect in October outlawing the sale and purchase of blood, the livelihood of many of its 2,146 peasants dried up. More than a quarter of the village's population sold blood for a living. Together they earned about 600,000 yuan (HK$560,000) a year before the donation law. There was little economy to speak of in Qianou. Apart from 14 quarries, the dozen roadside restaurants were its only businesses. Chen Laichun, a villager who had sold blood for 37 years, said: 'Now blood can only be donated free our lives from now on will be even more difficult.' For Zhang Zongming, 55, selling blood was a family business. His wife, Chen Xiangzhu, was a veteran and had sold blood to collection centres across the province. The couple were forced into the trade by poverty. An orphan since eight, Zhang was crippled when he was a teenager. He married Chen, who is also a cripple, when he was 33. Together they have three sons, two mentally retarded. Local Communist Party chief Chen Yingming reportedly said he was not too worried about the future saying the 14 quarries should be able to offer enough piecework for the peasants whose income had suffered.