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Economy

Remittances keep Nepal's shaky economy afloat

Ramesh Kumar Thapa and his wife Bimalathaba, together again temporarily in Kathmandu while he applies for work. (​ Photo by Peter Janssen) ​

KATHMANDU -- Ramesh Kumar Thapa, 34, lost his job in Saudi Arabia a few months ago and is now back on the labor market in Kathmandu. "I returned to Nepal four months ago, but there are no jobs here so I'm looking for work in Qatar," Thapa said.

Thapa worked for 18 months in Saudi Arabia, screwing light bulbs into public lamp posts in Jeddah. "One day the company's manager came and said I didn't have a job anymore," he said. "I stayed there three months without work before coming home. When I was transiting in Doha I met a lot of Nepalis who said there was still work in Qatar."

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