Quotes by Brick Kiln workers
"My greatest desire is to give a good education to my children and to see them become successful in their lives."
Rashmi G, 32
Bhaktapur

"How do I feel? I have no feelings. For the last six years we have been working hard in the brick kiln, and nothing has improved in our life."
Lalita M, 25
Kavre

"Working in brick kiln makes us feel unhappy because we remember our relatives in the village. But without food what can we do? We have no choice."
Kamala M, 40
Kavre

"The thing I like most is talking to other family members around the brick kiln. I can share my feelings and problems with them. I feel that people in brick kiln are my own people – from the naike to my neighbors from home. With them around, I feel very secure working in the brick kiln."
Priya M, 27
Sindhuli

"We have land which produces only enough food for six months. So we have to come to the brick kiln to earn money for our children's education and other necessities."
Priya M, 27
Kavre

"Working in the brick kiln sometimes makes me sick.. I very feel bad when I have to carry loads of bricks for long hours. "

Rita S, 19
Dang

"I will only be visiting school to attend the final exams because I am away from home working here."
Radhika M, 11
Ramechhap

"Some people who received advance money deceived me and went abroad. So it is difficult to find them and get the money back. I am frustrated with this responsibility, and I want to quit. But I am not confident to do other work because I have only experience working in the brick kiln."
Gopal M, Naike, 31
Kavre

"We workers get paid fifty paisa per brick, while the brick owners sell each brick for six to eight rupees."
Hari Bahadur M, 27
Ramechhap

"We don’t have land, so we have to work as labourers to earn money for food and for our children’s education. When I was a child, my parents had enough land for crops. When I look at my present situation, I feel so sad."
Rashmi G, 32
Bhaktapur

"We are happy to work in brick kiln because we came here with our friends. We are all from the same village, living very close. Friends are helpful when we are sick."
Sangita B, 17
Dang

"We are struggling in the brick kiln only for the future of our children. If they have an education, they can have a different life than they are having now. "
Priya M, 27
Kavre

"Friends and naikes are good people but sometime they tease us."
Rita S, 19
Dang

"About my four daughters…I want them to study better and become not like us. "
Lalita Devi M, 25
Makwanpur

"We will come again next year to work in the brick kiln because we have no better alternatives for supporting our family. "
Lalita Devi M, 25
Makwanpur

"I have to give advance payment to the families that come to work in the brick kiln. But there are possibilities of deceit by the families, and in such cases I have to bear all those losses."
Prem Krishna M, Naike, 23
Kavre

"Compared to the profit they make from selling baked bricks, our wages in very low."
Kabita M, 40
Sarlahi

"In the future we will not come back again to work in the brick kiln. We want to open a tailor shop in Lamahi or in our village."
Sangita B, 17
Dang

"We would like to stay in one place and provide education to our children. But it is not possible. We have to come here with our children, which makes it difficult to continue their education."
Kabita M, 40
Kavre

"I will earn about Rs 16,000 this season. My family has already taken Rs 8,000 in advance and I will be giving them the remaining amount by the end of this season."
Radhika M, 11
Ramechhap

"Four of our five children are with us in the brick kiln. We want them to have a good education, even though it is not necessary that they become doctors or teachers. They must not suffer as we do because we are illiterate."
Kabita M, 40
Ramechhap

"We came here to work with our friends because we liked their company. In the brick kiln we can earn well. Our weekly expenses are about 500 rupees. Last year we could save twelve or thirteen thousand rupees. Next year we won’t come again. We will stay at home and go for training in sewing and cutting."
Sarala M, 17 and Rekha Budha, 16
Dang

"Husband is an alcoholic and plays cards the whole day. I have been working in the brick kiln because I want to become an independent woman. With my own earnings, I can spend when I need to."
Aarati S, 48
Bhaktapur
 
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