Evelyn Nakabuye weaves strips of T-shirts into a carpet in Sonde, Mukono, Uganda. Nakabuye, who studied handweaving at university, incorporates kitenge, or African fabrics, and recycled cotton into her designs.
Ignatius Mwansa paints a molded elephant in Lusaka, Zambia. Mwansa, who has operated his business for five years, says, “I was unemployed for over three years, and I realized I have a talent that I could use to survive. So far, this has helped me look after my family.”
Arumugam Tharumaraja makes small earthenware lamps in Thirunelvely, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Tharumaraja says exporting his pottery has been limited due to COVID-19, so he has started making lamps for a lights festival in November.
Farai Mabiza wears a Spiderman costume to attract customers to toy merchandise displayed on his car in Harare, Zimbabwe. Mabiza says his business has not been lucrative during the coronavirus pandemic since toys are a luxury for some.
From left, Uzziel Márquez, Rodrigo Cárdenas, Cristian Rodríguez and Roberto Rivero pull a fiber optic telecommunications cable in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico. “This is the first day we’ve started to work since last year. I had to close my business,” Márquez says. “There was no work, and everything was suspended.”
Baljinnyam Erdenechuluun, 12, and Temuulen Khash-Erdene, 14, ride bikes on training rollers in Dalanzadgad, Umnugovi province, Mongolia. Selected children, with permission from their parents, started training for state-level cycling races in hopes of qualifying for national races.