Locals Continue Ancient Tradition at Domnoen Saduak Floating Market

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February 2, 2015

RAJBURI, THAILAND: It’s 9:00 am on Sunday, Feb. 1, and the Domnoen Saduak canal is bustling with activity. Dozens of women paddle wooden long tail boats, heavy with colorful local fruits through the murky water, carefully weaving between oncoming motorboats filled with tourists. Additional boats serve as floating kitchens, a one-man show of paddling, slicing, chopping, and frying. The air is thick with the smell of grilled meat, pad thai,…

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Agricultural Cooperative Empowers Nepali Women

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October 26, 2014

The United Nations recognizes that, in many regions of the world, women live a life of limited opportunities, inequalities, and oppression. “Gender inequalities remain deeply entrenched in every society. Women lack access to decent work and face occupational segregation and gender wage gaps. They are too often denied access to basic education and health care. Women in all parts of the world suffer violence and discrimination. They are under-represented in…

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Local Cuisine Meets Locals’ Needs

“I like cooking…. and I like eating… It makes me happy,” explains Social Tours chef, Sakuntaia Rokka. Photo by Victoria Nechodomu.
October 19, 2014

Over 80% of Nepal’s population live in rural areas, and 70% of the population works in the agricultural field. With hard-working days that often exceed 12 hours of manual work, it seems fitting that that Nepali population rely on a diet of protein rich lentils and beans, filling rice, and vegetables straight off the vine. Sakuntala Rokka is a chef at Social Tours, Nepal, and has a lifetime of cooking experience, as well as…

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A Nation Pauses to Celebrate with their Families and Honor the Mother Goddess

Shiva Phuyal celebrates the Dashain festival with his extended family in Dulakhel, Nepal. Photo by Victoria Nechodomu
October 10, 2014
Kites soar above the houses of the sprawling city of Kathmandu and its surrounding hillside villages.  Children form lines at the base of towering traditional bamboo swings. Local buses, bearing the weight of hundreds of passengers, baskets of produce, and live goats, run back and forth to local communities, brining families together. City market spaces and squares display hundreds of goats for sale, and butchers busily chop apart blocks of...
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