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To rise out of poverty Asian women head to the library

This article was featured in The Christian Science Monitor, and originally appeared at Global Envision, a blog published by Mercy Corps. “Being born a girl is worthless,” said Chuna Devi, a Nepalese woman. Because her family didn’t think her education was a priority, she grew up illiterate, herding goats and cows. Women make up just […]

Meet Barsa – “The Library has Become my Hands”

Barsa Silwal is a 39-year-old widowed mother of two from Chitwan, Nepal. When her husband passed away, she struggled to provide food and shelter for her son and daughter. Her single status left her ostracized in her community, and her husband’s family wouldn’t support her because she is a member of a different caste. As […]

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