Jane Carter has a doctorate from the University of Oxford, for which she conducted fieldwork in the Nepali village of Suri that is described on this website. She has worked for Intercooperation, Swiss Foundation for International Cooperation, since 1997, specialising in community-based natural resource management. Following the  merger of this orgamisation  with HELVETAS in July 2011, she took up the new post of Coordinator, Gender and Social Equity for HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation.

Anjana Luitel translated the entire English text into Nepali. She has a Master’s degree in Human and Natural Resource Studies from Kathmandu University. She is the President of Yatra, a youth led and manged organization, working on youth and environmental issues.






Illustrations and photographs

The paintings used to illustrate this website are taken from a picture painted in 1990 by Sanu Kaji, Adventure Art Gallery, Patan Durbar Square.

The line drawings illustrating the text are by Akhter Shah.

The photographs on the website are almost all by Jane Carter. The two taken of her are by Brahma Doj Gurung, and Anupama Mahat.


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The title of the website literally means “Talk of Suri” – or Tales about Suri. Suri is a village in Dolakha District in the middle hills of Nepal – a district that was a focal area for Swiss development assistance from the 1970s until 2010.

For a period of 18 months over 1988 – 1989, the villagers of Suri hosted a temporary resident, Jane Carter, who lived with two different families in the hamlets of Nakpa and Surigaon. Twenty years later, she made a number of return visits to the village. In the intervening period, the lives of the villagers have changed both materially, and at a more profound level.

The ten chapters on this website explore these changes, both from the perspective of an outsider, and – more importantly – through the stories of Suri people themselves.

The experiences of Suri villagers echo a larger picture of social change in Nepal. Their increasing interaction with the outside world, and the challenges and opportunities that this brings, also reflects in many ways the wider experience of rural citizens in other developing countries.

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A number of Suri people appear quite regularly in the different chapters. To help keep track of who is who, this list provides a very brief introduction to the main families and individuals mentioned, indicating their situation 20 years ago, and now.

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Many, many people contributed to the texts on this website – first and foremost the people of Suri themselves. I am particularly grateful to Rukmini, Tomtar and Jagat Karki, Kumar Karki, Radika Acharya, Padam Bahadur and Sita Tamang, Hasta Lal, Tirtamaya and Kaili Vishukarma, Hem Bahadur Ghotane, Jira Gurung, Birmaya Surel and Bude Sherpa – but also to the many, many others who shared time with me, and welcomed me into the village.

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