From left, Christhobar Ajith, Mohammathu Sathaku Yasin, Ravuthar Mohammathu Pasith and Mohammathu Imthiyas Infan play carom as they wait for three-wheeler customers in a parking lot in Mannar, Sri Lanka.
Renchi Thevaraja, left, and Jerus Jeparson dry their grain harvest on a road in Mannar, Sri Lanka. Because the grain is worth more after it’s been dried, the farmers also purchase crops from nearby farmers to dry and sell.
Devotees, some carrying milk pots on their heads, walk to Inuvil Kandaswamy Temple in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. In this town, worshippers bring milk and freshly harvested paddy to the temple to commemorate Thaipusam during a Hindu harvest festival.
Arumugam Sritharan repairs a television at a customer’s home in Velanai, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Sritharan, who has 10 years of experience in wiring and plumbing, says it’s a challenge to find parts for older televisions.
Sarmila Sooriyakumar draws a portrait at her home in Tirunelveli, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Sooriyakumar, who earns an average of $150 a month from selling her art, says customers typically give the pencil drawings as gifts.
Arumugam Selvam prepares a shrimp net for the next day’s catch in Karainagar, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Selvam, who has been fishing since he was 16, says the family business will not continue after his death since his children have left the industry.
Kanesamoorthy Theeban, left, explains a technical skill to apprentice Thiyagaraja Sutharsan in Cheddikulam, Vavuniya, Sri Lanka. Theeban has operated an auto repair shop out of his home since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Revelers carry a statue of Lord Murugan during Skanda Sashti, a Hindu festival, outside a temple in Kodikamam, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. On the sixth day of the festival, devotees celebrate the deity’s victory over evil.
From left, Rasalingam Mohanraj, Rasarathinam Vinotharan and Sagadevan Saruksan dig a well with a machine in Cheddikulam, Vavuniya, Sri Lanka. Since the groundwater level is low, workers dig borewells at a depth of 100 feet as an alternative to ordinary wells for agricultural needs.
Kanthasamy Kugasanth paints cement sculptures in Pandatharippu, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Kugasanth, who has worked as a painter for over two years, says his employment has been affected by lockdowns to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Yoganathan Viththakan makes handicrafts with coconut shells in Neerveli, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Vithagan says he promotes his business through Facebook and exports his handicrafts to Canada and Switzerland.
Manokaran Chandrakala weaves a blanket at a handloom training center in Cheddikulam, Vavuniya district, Sri Lanka. The center, run by the Department of Industries, trains young women to make such goods as garments, towels and blankets in an effort to provide employment opportunities and to boost production in rural areas.
Muthu Velumani adjusts his field’s boundaries in Cheddikulam, Vavuniya, Sri Lanka. Due to the monsoon in the northern part of the country, he had to reconstruct his paddy before he could sow the field.
Sinnathamby Sinnapillai, left, and Paramanandar Vallikodi weave coconut leaves to fence their house in Kodikamam, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. In rural areas, where cement walls are hard to find, residents will often replace their coconut leaf fences twice a year.
From left, Pasith Pasarath, bottom, Jeyanthan Maheesan, top, and Immanuel Anthonithas collect straw in Adampan, Mannar district, Sri Lanka. The farmers will store the straw to feed cows during the upcoming rainy season.