India – West Bengal: Fulanti Ahir, 60, is a retired tea garden worker at Red Bank Tea Estate, in the Dooars region. Ahir started working in the tea gardens when she was 11, together with her parents. “At that time, everything was good. We had enough money, clothes and rations” she remembers fondly. Since the tea garden closed permanently in 2013, she has been forced to stonecrush at the nearby Diana river in order to survive.
Five years ago, when the tea garden was...more »