Puja Lamichhane (in the picture) is all smiles as she lays concrete to improve the seismic resilience of a new house in Majhitaar of Nuwakot.
She is a new mason, one of the thousands, trained by the Baliyo Ghar (Strong House) activity in Nuwakot through the on-the-job training.
This training of masons has been supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
In the five years since the April 2015 earthquake, the USAID programs have trained more than 24,000 masons, including more than 2,000 women, on improved construction techniques.
This USAID initiative has not only helped earthquake-affected beneficiaries build back better after the devastating earthquake, but has also helped improve their income while ensuring a more resilient Nepal.