Munkhbat Sambuu, an employee in Arkhangai province’s urban landscaping department, stands next to a bridge at a park in Erdenebulgan, Arkhangai province, Mongolia. Road maintenance personnel will elevate the bridge and build dams to prevent flooding from melting ice and snow.
Raúl Sánchez, left, and Miguel Ángel Martínez make equipales, traditional Mexican chairs, using padding and pigskin in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Sánchez says the trade has been difficult because many people don’t value handmade equipales and would rather buy cheaper goods.
Kavira Haliposo displays sweet potatoes at the Buhimba market in Kikimba, Kirumba, Democratic Republic of Congo. After collecting sweet potatoes from farmers, she sells them to buy cassava flour and necessities for her family.
Zayabat Khurelbaatar holds a sheep to be tested for disease in Erdenet, Orkhon province, Mongolia. Zayabat, who regularly tests his livestock, says it’s important for herders to have healthy animals to increase their numbers.
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.
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.
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.
Kavira Vahimba, right, sells taro roots to Siwasi Muvuya, center, in Kikimba, Kirumba, Democratic Republic of Congo. Vahimba buys the roots in bulk in Luofu, a village 15 kilometers (9 miles) southwest of Kirumba, and sells them at the local market.
Rejoice Laurent, a certified esthetician, right, applies foundation to Fungayi Majaya in Harare, Zimbabwe. Laurent, who has grown her cosmetic brand during the coronavirus pandemic, promotes her foundation by giving free samples to customers
Horacio Flores sells hand-woven flowerpot holders in a public park in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Flores, who learned to tie more than 50 knots while working on shrimp boats, weaves hammocks, chairs, flowerpot holders, cribs, bags and bracelets.
Muhindo Kalumbi, an electrical engineering technician, performs routine maintenance on a hydroelectric dam on the Lusukwe River in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. The micro-hydropower plant supplies electricity to Kirumba and the nearby village of Mighobwe.
Abel López sells balloons at the Plaza de la Independencia in Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico. López, an authorized seller, understands that plenty of people dislike street vendors but says they’re just trying to make a living.
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.