CHAPTER TENPoverty and the Planet

WHEN KRISHNA BAHADUR THAPA AND HIS FAMILY WERE ABLE to earn five hundred dollars a year in new income, and then a thousand dollars a year, they invested in improvements in their nutrition, health, housing, education, and agriculture —the very things the lack of which many development experts regard as the root causes of poverty. For example, although Padam Magar and Sumitra Magar, Bahadur’s two wives, are still illiterate, both their sons finished high school, and the four grandchildren in the family will continue going to school as long as they want to. His family has built an excellent new two-story house, which cost twenty-one hundred dollars US and includes a cement rice-storage bin. They have bought a little ...

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