Bija Gutoff’s stories
Guatemala: Farmers find new markets June 22, 2011
Iraq: Citizens learn to speak out, leaders learn to listen June 22, 2011
Good things are happening in Iraq. Ordinary citizens are stepping up to rebuild and renew their country. People not accustomed to having a voice are learning how to make their concerns known to the leaders of their communities. Leaders are learning how to listen and respond.
Somalia: Youth voices in a troubled land June 22, 2011
In the northern Somalia semi-desert regions of Somaliland and Puntland, clans fight fiercely over dwindling supplies of wood, water and grazing land. The fewer the resources, the greater the competition. It’s an age-old conflict that jeopardizes the country’s future, especially its youth.
Haiti: After the earthquake, focusing on rural areas June 22, 2011
The earthquake of January 12, 2010, may prove to be a crossroad for Haiti. The people of this poor but proud country are certainly ready for the tide to turn in their favor.
Nepal: Who’s got the power? June 21, 2011
You’re serving a customer or running a machine and the power quits. This is a regular occurrence in Nepal. If you’re well-off, you pay to have a generator installed in your business and home so you’re not dependent on the electric grid.
Nepal: Where the river brings life, it can also bring death June 18, 2011
Krishna Bahadur Giri is standing thigh-deep in the swollen Mohana River, studying the best place to cross. The road we were going to use is washed out; Plan B is to turn our Jeep into an amphibious vehicle.
Nepal: To combat hunger, Janaki learns new ways to grow, store and sell June 16, 2011
I’m pretty sure Bill Gates hasn’t met Janaki Bhatta. But I’m just as sure he’d see in her a kindred spirit — a feisty entrepreneur who’s taking some smart steps to increase her yields of aloo (potato) and audha (ginger) — and the income she earns from them.
Nepal: Just a quick note on the story below about workers leaving Nepal June 15, 2011
Our friend Bal Joshi, who's involved in the remittances business here in Nepal — making it possible for people to send money home — told me that each month, there are 18,000 young people (18 to 30) who leave Nepal in search of work.
Nepal: When your man goes to India June 15, 2011
The Nepali women we’ve been talking to don’t complain. Or not like I imagine most of us would if we were faced with the hardships they endure — on their own — every day. They live a long way from any services or resources.
Nepal: A grueling life on top of the world June 13, 2011
Yes, Nepal is so, so beautiful.