Realizing Dreams Through the Power of Land Rights

The three women from Myanmar, India, and Vietnam featured throughout this story
Ma Phyu lives in a community forest in Myanmar, where she maintains a nursery in which she grows native trees (pictured above). Today, people like Ma Phyu manage and protect hundreds of thousands of acres of forest in Myanmar’s Tanintharyi Region.
With secure land rights, Sonamoti was able to grow enough food to her family. She sold the surplus at market to help pay for her son’s school fees.
The author’s mother with her grandchildren at their family’s home in Seattle, Wash.

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