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The Giving Trees

Nepal’s thriving community forests have provided for rural communities for decades. Now, thanks to a new law, they are giving poor families a means to make a living. After working across India for years, former migrant worker Jaya Ram Raila finally returned to his home in the small village of Patle, in Nepal’s northern Rasuwa district. It was the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic and he had few options for employment in the rural community. He also lacked enough land to