“When I first came to Malaysia, the best thing was just having a stable daily job. It would feel nice being with my family in Nepal, but at the same time not having a job is not ideal. Work is important and without work, man is nothing. In our lives, I feel a person is deemed to be happy when he has work.”

“I do my best to be as disciplined as I can in everything I do. Every morning, I get up at 5.30am because I have to be healthy. I go for a jog and then I exercise, only then I go home to get ready for work. It is discipline. When I was in Nepal I did the same and I would even bring my family to jog together with me.”

“When I was working in India I started to use this toothpaste. Then I discovered it was actually from Nepal. I felt really proud and since then I have only used this brand of toothpaste. When I came to Malaysia, I brought two tubes along but then I almost ran out. My wife packaged and sent me four more. That should last me another month before I go back for good. Then I can use it as much as I want.”

This six-part video series and photo essays were produced under a collaboration between R.AGE and the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Migrant Workers’ Empowerment and Advocacy (MWEA) Project. The MWEA Project is funded by the United States Department of Labor under cooperative agreement number IL-28099-15-75-K-11.
This material does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the United States Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the United States Government. 100% percentage of the total costs of this project or program is financed with Federal funds, for a total of 26,322.61 dollars.