Sri Lankan Farmers’ ‘Short Season’ Crop

Region: Sri Lanka

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With Water Gone From Ancestral Land, Families Split Lives Between Two Villages

Region: Nepal

Topics: Human MigrationWater

When water sources dried up for the village of Samzong, a village in Nepal’s rural Upper Mustang region, residents built 18 new homes in a new village, Namashung. But there’s no road between the two places, so cattle and valuable property remain in Samzong – and so do about half of the members of the village’s families.

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Selling Grass in Zimbabwe

Region: Zimbabwe

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Sharing Secrets: Nepalese Statue-Making Caste Trains Newcomers in Traditional Art

Region: Nepal

Topics: ArtsJobs

For centuries, Buddhists belonging to Nepal’s Newar caste have been making and selling metal statues and figurines of their sacred deities. But more members of the caste are choosing other careers, and with demand for the sacred sculptures growing, Newar members are revealing the secrets of their art to Nepalese from other castes.

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Rwandan Takes Banana Tree Trunk to Feed Cows

Region: Rwanda

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New Income Tax in Rwanda Causing Major Financial Strain for Many Mobile Money Agents

Region: Rwanda

Topics: BusinessMoneyPolitics

More than 7 million Rwandans do their banking through their cellphones, but many of the agents who facilitate the banking transactions never declared their income to the country’s tax authority. Now the tax authority has started taking a 15-percent withholding tax from these agents’ incomes with the cellphone provider, plunging some of these agents into financial turmoil.

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Nepalese Man and His Horses Return Home

Region: Nepal

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Crushing Stones at a Zimbabwean Quarry

Region: Zimbabwe

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Argentina’s Peso Falls – and so Do Migrant Workers’ Remittances

Region: Argentina

Topics: EconomyHuman MigrationMoney

Workers from around the world came to Argentina for jobs that would let them send meaningful remittances to family members in their home countries. But Argentina’s peso is rapidly depreciating, and inflation is rising, and now many of these migrant workers are wondering what to do about the plunging values of their remittances and their bank accounts.

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With History of Distrust, Xochimilco Residents Suspect Mexico City of Siphoning Their Water

Region: Mexico

Topics: InfrastructureWater

Xochimilco residents say it was suspicious when Mexico City authorities rolled out and then canceled a controversial plan for water construction. After last year’s earthquake disrupted some water services in the Xochimilco area, residents are repeating their claim that the city is diverting their well water to more central parts of the capital.

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