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Doris Consuelo Sánchez Santillán: supporting women through business

December 2014
Doris Consuelo Sánchez Santillán, 36 years old, lives in Cheto, Chachapoyas province, Peru, where she runs a successful small business making and selling

Williams Serafin Novoa Lizardo: interview transcript

December 2014
Williams Serafin Novoa Lizardo is a farmer living in the village of Ramos in the province of Rodríguez of Mendoza, Amazonas region, Peru. He was aged 20

Williams Serafin Novoa Lizardo: crops blighted by disease

December 2014
Williams Serafin Novoa Lizardo is 20 and the last but one of 12 siblings, of whom the oldest is 48. He lives with his farmer parents in Ramos, Santa Rosa,

Eliany Portocarrero Novoa: interview transcript

December 2014
Eliany Portocarrero Novoa is a student from the village of Ramos in the province of Rodríguez of Mendoza, Amazonas region, Peru. She was aged 15 when she

Eliany Portocarrero Novoa: concern for the environment

December 2014
Eliany Portocarrero Novoa, aged 15, comes from a peasant farming family in the village of Ramos in the Amazonas region of Peru and is a weekly boarder

Shazia Bibi: interview transcript

December 2014
Shazia Bibi lives in Akhoon Bandi village, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. She was in her mid-thirties when she was interviewed on 16 November 2009 for

Shazia Bibi: the many costs of illness

December 2014
Shazia Bibi, in her mid-thirties and a mother of three, lives in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, where she and her husband are small farmers. Much of her

Salma Bibi: interview transcript

December 2014
Salma Bibi lives in Akhoon Bandi village, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. She was aged 20 when she was interviewed on 25 April 2010 for the Rural Poverty

Salma Bibi: working collectively

December 2014
"Every girl in the village knows only tailoring," says 20-year-old Salma Bibi of Akhoon Bandi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Salma left school after primary

Rawela Jan: interview transcript

December 2014
Rawela Jan lives in Akhoon Bandi village, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. She was 40 years old when she was interviewed on 16 November 2009 for the Rural

Rasib Khan: interview transcript

December 2014
Rasib Khan is a labourer living in Akhoon Bandi village, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. He was 28 when he was interviewed on 18 January 2010 for the Rural

Rawela Jan: small returns from farming

December 2014
Rawela Jan is a 40-year-old married woman living inAkhoon Bandi, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. She has a son and a daughter. Another son committed suicide

Rasib Khan: “unemployment is increasing”

December 2014
"The person who has his own land is very lucky," says Rasib Khan, aged 28, from a family of landless peasants in the village of Akhoon Bandi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,

Muhammed Naveed: interview transcript

December 2014
Muhammad Naveed lives in Akhoon Bandi village, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. He was aged 22 when he was interviewed on 25 April 2010 for the Rural Poverty

Miandad: interview transcript

December 2014
Miandad is a farmer living in Akhoon Bandi village, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. He was 48 when he was interviewed on 16 November 2009 for the Rural

Muhammad Naveed: “we are better off farming”

December 2014
Muhammad Naveed, 22, is from a large family in Akhoon Bandi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. His two sisters and three of his brothers are married and live

Miandad: living on loans

December 2014
Miandad is a 48-year-old farmer who lives in the village of Akhoon Bandi, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. He is married to the daughter of a paternal

Javed Iqbal: interview transcript

December 2014
Javed Iqbal lives in Akhoon Bandi village, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. He was aged 25 when he was interviewed on 15 January 2010 for the Rural Poverty

Javed Iqbal: family comes first

December 2014
Javed Iqbal is 25 and lives in Akhoon Bandi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. He married at the age of 18 and has five children. Javed is illiterate, whereas

Tovoke: interview transcript

December 2014
Tovoke lives in Tanandava, Androy, Madagascar. He was 44 when he was interviewed on the 19 November 2009 for the Rural Poverty Report 2011. The interview

Tovoke: “working the sea”

December 2014
Tovoke is a 44-year-old man living in Tanandava, in Androy, southern Madagascar. He is a father of four children but poverty has prevented him from officially

Suzanne Tsovalae: belief in commerce

December 2014
"We do everything we can not to slip into poverty," says Suzanne Tsovalae, aged 23, of Tanandava, in Androy, southern Madagascar. She describes how she

Suzanne Tsovalae: interview transcript

December 2014
Suzanne Tsovalae lives in Tanandava, Androy, Madagascar. She was 23 when she was interviewed on 27 April 2010 for the Rural Poverty Report 2011. The interview

Ranotenie: interview transcript

December 2014
Ranotenie is a farmer living in Tanandava, Androy, Madagascar. She was 46 when she was interviewed on 18 November 2009 for the Rural Poverty Report 2011.

Ranotenie: security through cattle

December 2014
Ranotenie is a 46-year-old married woman from Tanandava, in Androy, southern Madagascar, who has 12 children. Together with her husband she farms fields

Randriamahefa: interview transcript

December 2014
Randriamahefa is a farmer and former migrant living in Tanandava, Androy, Madagascar. He was 49 when he was interviewed on 19 November 2009 for the Rural

Randriamahefa: progress through migration

December 2014
Randriamahefa, aged 49 and a father of 10, lives inTanandava, in Androy, southern Madagascar. Much of his story is about how he has responded to challenges

Ranaivo Jean Noelson: interview transcript

December 2014
Ranaivo Jean Noelson lives in Tanandava, Androy, Madagascar. He was 23 when he was interviewed on 27 April 2010 for the Rural Poverty Report 2011. The

Ranaivo Jean Noelson: meeting community needs

December 2014
Ranaivo Jean Noelson, aged 23 and a father of three, lives in Tanandava, in Androy, southern Madagascar. He is a fisherman and also owns and farms some

Manantane Babay: interview transcript

December 2014
Manantane Babay lives in Tanandava, Androy, Madagascar. He was 19 when he was interviewed on 27 April 2010 for the Rural Poverty Report 2011. The interview

Francoise Haova: interview transcript

December 2014
Francoise Haova lives in Tanandava, Androy, Madagascar. She was 66 when she was interviewed on 19 November 2009 for the Rural Poverty Report 2011. The

Manantane Babay: spreading the risk

December 2014
"Indeed [education is] important, but it was my affliction that caused me to leave," says 19-year-old Manatane Babay, from Tanandava in Androy, southern

Francoise Haova: funeral brings destitution

December 2014
Francoise Haova is a 66-year old widow who lives in Tanandava, in Androy, southern Madagascar. Some of her children have migrated for work; some of her

Nawal Mohamed Khalil: farming, “a miserable life”

December 2014
"We work all day long, just to feed ourselves", says 47-year-old Nawal Mohamed Khalil of Dondeed village, Dakahlia province, Egypt. She and her husband

Nawal Mohamed Khalil: interview transcript

December 2014
Nawal Mohamed Khalil lives in Dondeed, Dakahlia province, Egypt. She was aged 47 when she was interviewed on 22 December 2009 for the Rural Poverty Report

Ibrahiem Abo Zeid: no jobs for the young

December 2014
Ibrahiem Abo Zeid, 55, a semi-retired resident of Dondeed village, Dakahlia province, Egypt, describes the last 10 years as "the peak of suffering for

Zhang Guobao: 'physical strength is our capital'

December 2014
Zhang Guobao – of Donghao village, Hebei province, China – is a widower of 43 who lost his sight in a mining accident in 2002. "Physical strength is our

Li Guimin: business matters

December 2014
Li Guimin, aged 50, lives in Donghao village, Hebei province, China, where she has been head of the Village Women Deputies Committee since 1995. In addition

Oumar Diédhiou: education helps farmers

December 2014
Oumar Diédhiou is a single man of 22 living in the village of Badiana, Casamance province, Senegal. He has two brothers and one sister, and has been the

Abibatou Goudiaby: "all I know is farming"

December 2014
Abibatou Goudiaby, aged 21 and married with three children, lives in Kagnarou village, Casamance, Senegal. She says, "Of course I would do something better

Pascaline Bampoky: “women are good managers”

December 2014
"I believe that if you come into a community, you have to follow its mode of functioning," says Pascaline Bampoky, a 30-year-old mother of three and a

Abdoulaye Badji: farming needs modernizing: education helps farmers

December 2014
Abdoulaye Badji, aged 50 and a member of the Jola ethnic group, lives in Senegal's southern province of Casamance. He supports his own family and two of

Bakary Diédhiou: borrowing money to buy food

December 2014
"l am a peasant. I plough and it is what I harvest that I use to feed my family," states 60-year- Bakary Diédhiou of Tenghory, Casamance province in Senegal.

Bintou Sambou: “marriage is a shelter against poverty”

December 2014
Bintou Sambou is a 45-year-old widow. She lives at her father's compound in Bignona, Casamance province, Senegal, together with her four children. Bintou

Safiétou Goudiaby: “the land dries up”

December 2014
Safiétou Goudiaby, who is about 70, lives in Kagnarou, Casamance province in Senegal. She is still farming, as she has done all her life, growing mainly

Vietnam’s rice production threatened by climate change

December 2014
is the world's second largest exporter of rice and 80 percent of it is grown in the Mekong Delta, a vast flood plain and one of Asia's most fertile

Background to the Senegal interviews

December 2014
Location The narrators come from different villages in Senegal's southern province of Casamance. Some 40 kilometres from the coast, these villages are

Background to the Pakistan interviews

December 2014
Location All of the narrators in Pakistan come from Akhoon Bandi village, Haripur district, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North West Frontier

Background to the Madagascar interviews

December 2014
Location All of the narrators in Madagascar come from Tanandava, a collection of small villages in the Faux Cap area of the Androy region. This remote

Ibrahiem Abo Zeid: interview transcript

December 2014
Ibrahiem Abo Zeid lives in Dondeed, Dakahlia province, Egypt. He was aged 55 when he was interviewed on 24 November and 1 December 2009 for the Rural Poverty

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