Phurpa Tamang, 36, has been struggling for almost an hour to find a mobile signal in the remote village of Sindhupalchok. He’s trying to make a video call to his wife, Kalpana, in Dubai.

“The kids want to talk with their mother, but the network seldom works here. And there is no Wi-Fi in this village,” Phurpa says. Finally, he gets a connection. Their young daughter and son are all smiles as they speak with their mother.

When Phurpa and Kalpana got married around eight years ago, they were farmers. But couldn’t grow enough on their mountain farm in central Nepal to support the family each year.  Read more at Pacific Standard.

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