While we assume that slavery is a thing of the past, it was only in 2008 that Nepal’s government outlawed bonded laborers. Until then, entire communities lived saddled with generational debt that was paid through their low-cost labor and trapped by high-interest rates that denied them any hope of freedom.
Habitat for Humanity Nepal has been working with government funds set aside to provide Haliyas with new land and houses. We recently build 32 houses for freed Haliya families in the far-western part of Nepal.
Each family can now experience a sense of permanence with their new homes without the threat of eviction.