Steven Mwale cleans a truck tire in Lusaka, Zambia. Though primary and secondary school tuition has been free since the beginning of 2022, Mwale works during holidays to help his parents cover the cost of books and uniforms.
Berril Mwango, an artist, displays a zebra artwork along Thabo Mbeki Road in Lusaka, Zambia. “We had literally closed down on business during the peak of the coronavirus, but I used that time to think of new artistic work, and it is paying off,” Mwango says. “Now, we have business, and our artwork is selling like never before.”
Mubiana Kalimukwa makes brooms out of grass in Kanyama township, Lusaka, Zambia. Kalimukwa says he brings grass from his home village of Mwinilunga, in North-Western Province, about 850 kilometers (528 miles) from Lusaka.
Francis Lubinda measures a granite stone while designing a tombstone in the central business district of Lusaka, Zambia. Funerals were restricted to limit the spread of the coronavirus, and many families are finding closure by placing tombstones on the graves of loved ones.
Francis Mwanza applies varnish to a wooden playhouse in Mandevu township, Lusaka, Zambia. Mwanza, who started a woodworking company three years ago with his friends, says the business has grown and employs more than 15 people.
Coach Victor Simwaba, right, instructs 11-year-old Andile Simbeya to jump over metal bars during football practice at Queensmead Stadium in Lusaka, Zambia. Simwaba devised a training schedule to keep players from having direct contact during the coronavirus pandemic.
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.”
Oswald Mpande makes a reed mat in Luanshya, a town in Copperbelt Province, Zambia. Mpande says Luanshya has few employment opportunities and the mat-making skill he learned from his father has helped him earn a living.
Wilson Simfukwe makes toy cars from used spray-paint cans alongside Thabo Mbeki Road in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. “I have sold more toys during the coronavirus pandemic than ever before, because children are usually home and they need to be kept busy,” Simfukwe says. “And these toys are durable, hence a lot of people love them compared to plastic toys.”
Mayanko Phiri, 11, left, and Linas Banda, 11, enjoy porridge at Chitemalesa Primary School in Chinyunyu, a rural area in east Lusaka, Zambia. The school’s attendance has improved after well-wishers donated meals for students.
Lucky Banda plucks eucalyptus leaves in Kabangwe, a residential area in northern Lusaka, Zambia. He will boil the leaves and breathe in the steam, a common home remedy. In the wake of the second wave of the coronavirus, most people believe steaming can prevent and cure the disease.
Anthony Mpolokoso lays a wreath to pay his last respects to Father Charles Chilinda at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. Chilinda died of COVID-19 on Jan. 22. The national government is discouraging funeral gatherings, so St. Ignatius created a space within the church premises for mourners to pay their respects without gathering.
Conrad Bwalya, in red, of the Lusaka Sharks Club tussles with David Phiri of the Alpha Hockey Club during a field hockey match at the Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city. All sports activities have resumed in Zambia after a long recess due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Chaponda Banda harvests pumpkins from his field in Chinyunyu, a rural area near Lusaka, Zambia.Banda says he intended to sell his produce in Lusaka, but he’s scared of catching the coronavirus.The Ministry of Health is discouraging travel to mitigate the spread of the virus.
Humphrey Mumba trains at Lusaka Golf Club in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. On April 24, President Edgar Chagwa Lungu said in his address to the nation that golf and tennis could be played despite the coronavirus since they are not contact sports.
Nonde Kapembwa, a firefighter in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital, disinfects Bauleni Market while a colleague Richard Mulenga helps him carry the hose. The government has started disinfecting normally crowded areas to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
Hairdresser Joram Amis makes a clip-on hair weave using hair extensions in Zambia’s Mtendere township. Amis says fewer people visit his salon due to the coronavirus outbreak, but his reusable clip-on hair weaves are now in demand.