Five years after the earthquake, can Nepal rebuild sustainably?

Still recovering from the devastating 2015 earthquake and chronic floods, millions of families in Nepal live in difficult conditions. Safe shelter is a privilege that many have yet to enjoy since more than 800,000 homes were destroyed by the disaster.   
For rural communities, the effects of forced migration might perpetuate a vicious cycle of poverty and lack of infrastructure in their homelands.  
An outflux of Nepali men migrating abroad or to urban areas for work means that the burden of strengthening their native infrastructure has largely fallen upon the shoulders of women.   One such woman is Niruta BK, a mother of three who is now able to not only support herself, but also give employment opportunities to other women around her through being a sustainable construction entrepreneur. While she personally regrets sending her husband abroad in search of employment, her enterprising spirit has saved other families around her from the same situation.  

We started the business and the first 2-3 months locals thought we were making toys. It was demotivating and stressful [and] I feared losses. I gathered my strength and continued production.
Niruta BK, sustainable construction entrepreneur, Build up Nepal
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