Shazia Bibi: the many costs of illness

December 2014 - STORY
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 - STORY
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 - STORY
"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 - STORY
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 - STORY
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 - STORY
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 - STORY
"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 - STORY
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 - STORY
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 - STORY
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 - STORY
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 - STORY
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 - STORY
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 - STORY
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 - STORY
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 - STORY
"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 - STORY
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 - STORY
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 - STORY
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 - STORY
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 - STORY
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 - STORY
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 - STORY
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 - STORY
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