For decades, Bhutan was the world’s most reclusive kingdom. It only opened up to foreigners in 1974. It banned TV until 1999. Village life is deeply conservative. The population is tiny – 700,000. Seventy percent are subsistence farmers, and a fifth of the population lives on less than 70 cents a day. Youth unemployment is approaching 10 percent.So more and more, people are moving to the capital to look for jobs. And women are leading the charge.

This is a video dairy of Timothy Large, Editor-in-chief of Thomson Reuters Foundation, talking his encounters with the working women in Bhutan.

Photography: Timothy Large
Editing: Shanshan Chen

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