Employees of Shanti Sewa Griha gathered outside the pharmacy window there to get paid on Friday, October 3. Workers received an additional bonus for Dashain, one of the most important Nepali holidays of the year, which started this week.
While many signed for their wages, others opted to ink their thumb. The literacy rate in Nepal is one of the worst in the world. While things are improving somewhat, there is still a strong discrepancy between men and women. In 2000, the overall literacy was 55% for adult males, but only 22% for adult females.