Global Press Journal reporters carry their cameras as they work and live. The moments they capture highlight human connection across the globe.
Elisabeth Kusa prepares to carry palm leaves from her field to sell to traditional hut builders in Kabondo, a neighborhood in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Goma, North Kivu, DRC
Ombeni Hamuli, 16, works during a carpentry apprenticeship program in Kyeshero, Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. Hamuli lost three fingers serving in an armed rebel group in North Kivu, and he’s learning carpentry to begin his journey back to civilian life.
Aldama, Chiapas, Mexico
Mariano Hernández Jiménez gathers the red fruit from his coffee plants in Aldama, a town in southern Mexico’s Chiapas state. This is the first time he has tried to harvest his coffee plants since armed attacks between the municipalities of Aldama and Chenalhó intensified in 2018.
Makindye Ssabagabo Uganda
Lawino Brenda, 12, helps her mother make papyrus mats in Kigo, a neighborhood in Uganda’s Makindye Ssabagabo municipality. She makes about 10 mats a day and sells them for 5,000 Ugandan shillings ($1.37) each.
Añasco Puerto Rico
Ismael “Cano” Pérez carves oak wood with a chisel and lathe at his workshop on the coast of Añasco, Puerto Rico. Pérez has been making wooden mortars, a skill he learned from his father, for local restaurants and individuals for 40 years. He says he feels the passing of the years; his hands no longer work like they did before. He plans to leave the space to his grandson who also does woodwork.
Dhading Bagmati province Nepal
Man Bahadur Magar, 40, sits beside the Pritivi Highway and waits for customers to buy fish caught in the Trisuli River in Dhading, a district in Nepal’s Bagmati province. As vehicles pass, he waves to the passengers, hoping to catch their attention. He occasionally waters the fish to keep them fresh.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Juan Ponce puts away cheese and lunch meat at a deli stand in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “This is not my thing,” Ponce says, drying the sweat off his forehead. “I studied art up to my third year in the university in Venezuela before I emigrated. But it’s nice in Buenos Aires. It’s a very diverse, very open city.”
Adampan, Mannar, Sri Lanka
Nasurulla Mohmed Nafras repairs a phone at his shop in Adampan, a city in Sri Lanka’s Mannar district.
Oscar Espinoza tends to products at his antique shop, El Precio del Tiempo, one of the few antique stores in Tecámac, in the state of Mexico. “This sells really well in Coyoacán, San Ángel, La Roma (Mexico City), but it’s difficult here, especially right now,” Espinoza says. “People prefer to spend their money on food and health, not on things like this.”
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Ramón Torres makes shoes at his shop in downtown Guadalajara. Torres, 75, has worked in shoemaking since he was 8 years old. He has noticed that local shoe quality has declined over the years with the introduction of synthetic materials – although, he notes, prices have remained about the same.
Mexico City, Mexico
Rubén Hernández Medina, 62, a public bus driver since the age of 18, lives with his wife and two children in Mexico City, Mexico. Since the coronavirus pandemic started, he’s lost 25 kilograms (55 pounds) because he sometimes skips meals so his children can eat more. Public transport ridership went down 75% due to school and office closures. “I’m going to ask God for this to change at least a little bit, even just 50% ... I think with that we’d be on the other side,” he says. “And I think that behind us there are people who are even worse off than we are. We complain, but we need to ask God to help them and to help us.”
Moca, Puerto Rico
Ada Hernández works on a piece of mundillo lace in Moca, a town in western Puerto Rico. As she moves the bobbins, cotton threads intertwine to make the lace. The threads are then held in place with pins to maintain the spacing of the pattern. Hernández has been making mundillo lace for more than 50 years.
Cheddikulam, Sri Lanka
Chandran Sasikaran, left, and Tharmalingam Thileepan construct wire cages for the framework of a new shop in Cheddikulam, a small town in Sri Lanka’s Vavuniya province.
Santo Tomás Jalieza, Oaxaca, Mexico
Crispina Navarro weaves on a backstrap loom in Santo Tomás Jalieza, a town in Mexico’s Oaxaca state. In this southwestern community, girls learn to weave on these traditional looms from a young age.
Gegeen Amgalan, 13, fills a bottle with lip gloss at her home in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Gegeen learned how to make lip gloss in March by watching videos online. She’s used her free time during the coronavirus pandemic to perfect her product, adding flower petals to change the flavors.
Robert Sango welds scrap metal to make a Scotch cart in Harare, Zimbabwe. Scotch carts are used to transport heavy loads. Sango, who has been in business for more than 10 years, says his major clients are farmers who buy after being paid for their produce, but because of a cash shortage in the country, business is in short supply.
Chihuri Nyamwandura, left, and Isaac Mandaza drill a boulder in Harare, Zimbabwe. Homebuilders hired the pair to break down large rocks to prepare land for construction.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
The Papantla Flyers perform on a beach in Puerto Vallarta, a popular tourist destination in Mexico’s Jalisco state. The group usually performs a theatrical representation of a renowned Totonac ritual dedicated to Tláloc, the god of rain.
Cobbler Evaristo Mupindi repairs a shoe at his business in Harare, Zimbabwe. Mupindi has been a cobbler since 1987 but has seen a sharp decline in customers this year due to the coronavirus.
Luis Melendez García carries wood through a construction site in Chihuahua, Mexico. As a laborer, Melendez has seen his livelihood affected by the spread of the coronavirus. “Where we’ve really been affected is with food,” he says. “They’ve stopped work on a lot of projects, so how are we supposed to eat, to feed the family?”
Vavuniya, Northern Province, Sri Lanka
Thilainathan Thavanesan, left, and Arumugam Rajeevan carve black granite into Hindu deities at a workshop in Vavuniya, Sri Lanka. Thavanesan, the shop’s owner, says he receives orders for sculptures from all over Sri Lanka. “Making the idols is an orthodox task, and the proper moral practice – such as eating vegetarian food – needs to be followed,” he says.
Leonard Chidodo trims 7-year-old Tino Chiwato’s hair under a lemon tree at his home in Harare, Zimbabwe. Chidodo says business has drastically dropped during the coronavirus pandemic, and he now operates from home to avoid paying rent for his barbershop in town.
At La Victoire, a hair salon in Kirumba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dalmon Katembo Ndughuta cuts Devotte Katungu’s hair while Mumbere Jacques, 2, watches. Katembo Ndughuta uses homemade products to straighten customers’ hair.
Wellington Sydney Nyon’o paints a kindergarten in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city. In Zimbabwe’s difficult economic environment, many people choose self-employment over the formal labor sector, due to fluctuation in the value of the Zimbabwean dollar. Self-employed workers get paid as they work, as opposed to receiving a salary monthly, which ensures that they’re paid the full value for their services, rather than a depreciated amount later.