Listen Now: Russian Postwoman Connects Small Village To The World
Think you have a busy life? Imagine being the lifeline for an entire village.
Way out in Western Russia, near its border with Finland is a small Siberian village. A large dense forest and swamp cuts off the village from the rest of the world. So one of the five people who live there has taken it upon herself to become the village postwoman.
Every week, she travels ten miles through the forest to the nearest post office to collect mail, supplies and pensions to take back to her neighbors. The woman says the trek is now a lot easier thanks to a monster truck from her son that can easily cut through the forest.
Back in the late 1980s, there were about four hundred and fifty people who lived in the village. In those days she worked as a teacher, then a librarian and finally a shop assistant. But as people left and those jobs went away she joined the post office.
Now she and her husband, who drives her each way, are the only two who work. Talk about job security.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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