My name is Dhan Bahadur Pariyar. I was born 35 years ago into an untouchable-caste family. I live with my 65-year-old father Mate, my 70-year-old mother Mangali, wife Suk Maya and Subash, who is 7.
When I was young, my family grew crops on our land, which was less than half an acre and could only meet our food needs for three months of the year. I left school in the fifth grade to earn money so that we could eat for the other nine months.