escape the hard labor of agriculture and livestock tending. They are always seen in the
fields alongside their husbands and sons. They control the family finances, but also
must take care of the household and the children. So they are very hardworking indeed.
Not too different from how many Western women see their roles—jobs outside the home,
but also total responsibility for the household and the rearing of the children
The most lucrative resource the country boasts is its plethora of rivers thundering down
the mountainsides creating hydroelectric power which can be sold, principally to India.
More power plants are under construction for this source of hard currency, even though the
majority of country people in Bhutan still have no electricity in their homes. Timber,
gypsum, and calcium carbonate are other recognized natural resources with commercial
value as export items. Logging is strictly controlled as mentioned before. Mining also is
conducted under governmental regulations and preservation of the natural environment
is stressed in mining operations.
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