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.
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.
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.
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.
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.