The people of Swat do not have an easy life. The large majority is illiterate, there is very little economic activity in the region, and additional strain has been placed on the area by the influx of many Afghan refugees since the guerilla war against the Russians began and ended and the subsequent Taleban-sponsored civil war.
In many smaller villages in the mountains, there is a severe problem with undernourishment, especially amongst children. Few people see more than a few grams of meat each month. Many survive on what little they can grow themselves, which, due to the short growing season, is precious little. According to the Pakistani nutritionists I met, some people survive on a diet of wild spinach with a few eggs being the only source of protein at all.
All that said, Swatis are friendly, hospitable, and quite willing to share however little they may have. I was charmed by the kids, especially those I met out in the hills. And as a photographer, I was mesmerized by the faces, both theirs and those of their elders.