Daniel Enebeli, founder and CEO of biotech startup Protein Kapital, explains how he uses black soldier flies to convert food waste into high-value protein for livestock and fish foods in Kiwanga, a town in Uganda’s Mukono district.
Odgerel Bayasgalan paints his graduate thesis painting, a self-portrait titled, “My Story,” in his home in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Odgerel, 20, is in his last year in the painting program at the School of Fine Arts and Design at the Mongolian State University of Arts and Culture.
Tamara Rivas uses a process called randa to make a Tlacolula garment at her home in Tlacolula de Matamoros, Oaxaca. There are only a few craftspeople left who practice the difficult randa process. Local women wear these traditional garments to an annual community celebration, and they’re often passed down from mother to daughter.
Martha Cuevas performs traditional songs with mariachi group Mariachi Alma Ranchera during a Sunday concert in the central courtyard of Casa de la Cultura José Ángel Palou Pérez, in the city of Puebla, Mexico. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, members of the group had to remain a safe distance apart from one another.
Terbish Munkhbayasgalan, left, a 12th grade student, and Gantulga Odonbyamba, in 10th grade, write in traditional Mongolian script during “Book Festival,” an event to encourage preservation of the script and traditional culture, in Erdenet, a city in Mongolia’s Orkhon province. Terbish and Gantulga both take an extracurricular class at school to practice this writing system.
Clement Madi Makonde adds some finishing touches to one of the wood carvings he made while at the Mutare Farm Prison in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Makonde, who was imprisoned in 2014, says he spends most of his time making his art, which includes door mats, handbags, hats and wooden cooking utensils.
Carlo Magno sculpts with clay collected from a nearby hill in San Bartolo Coyotepec, a town in Oaxaca, Mexico. After molding, the clay goes through a special firing process that gives local ceramics a distinctive black color.
Tuvshinjargal Batsukh, an actress at the Children and Youth Theater in Orkhon province, reads books to children during a book festival held at Amar Square, in Erdenet, Mongolia. Tuvshinjargal participated to encourage parents to read to their children.
Axel Cervantes, 11, prepares his favorite meal – sausages with potatoes, tomatoes and chipotle peppers – at his home in Puebla, Mexico. Axel learned to cook during the pandemic, when his mother had to take an afternoon shift at her job. “I used to be scared to light the stove, and I didn’t know how to use the blender,” he says. “Now I know how to make the meals I like, and I think they turn out really well.”
To promote traditional Mongolian script through art, Sergelen Bayasgalan, left, and Togtuun Erdenebileg paint a poem in the script along with a portrait of the author, Rinchen Byambyn, a founder of modern Mongolian literature, on a wall in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The poem reads, “Although there are many beautiful places in this colorful universe / There is no place more beautiful than my native land / Although every language is great to study virtue / There is no greater language than our mother tongue.”
After the isolation of quarantine, returnees encounter nervous relatives, hostile neighbors and landlords who refuse to rent to them. A crippled economy and ravaged health care system heighten their plight.