Vendors Simon Phiri (left) and Amon Kabamba sell a variety of items before the start of the Zambia-Egypt football game during the Total U-20 Africa Cup of Nations, held at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka, Zambia. Vendors seized the opportunity to sell merchandise with Zambia’s national colors, including plastic trumpets commonly known as vuvuzelas. Zambia hosted the games from Feb. 26 through March 12.
Tinashe Mangwiro, an informal parking attendant, directs motorists to available parking bays in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city. Mangwiro says he earns between $5 and $10 per day in tips, a sum that supports his family.
Leslie Moyo, a second-hand clothes seller who works along Park Street in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city, arranges his wares. Widespread unemployment has pushed people to launch temporary, open-air boutiques throughout the city.
From left, Tecla Munyukwa, 39, Angeline Nyika, 32, and Willmar Marifandi, 38, sew bows and neckties in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital. The three women have been in the business of making ties for nine years. They say their work has helped them survive during Zimbabwe’s economic crisis.
John Mwanza manually fills potholes in Mbare, one of the oldest suburbs in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city. Many roads in the city are in poor condition. Mwanza and others get donations from motorists to fill the potholes.
Keshab Tailor, 23, is the village tailor in Basuling, in Nepal’s rural Baitadi district. The men in his family have been tailors dating back generations. Cash is scarce in this rural region, so people pay Tailor in food, including wheat, maize and lentils.
Mary Tamala operates a sewing business on the streets of Mugunga, a town 18 kilometers (11 miles) outside of Goma, to make ends meet. Tamala, a widow with four children, makes about 500 Congolese francs (51 cents) a day.
Laxmi Devi Tiwari, 27, works at a stone quarry in Kavrepalanchowk district, located east of Kathmandu. Tiwari earns about 3,000 Nepalese rupees (about $28) to 4,000 Nepalese rupees (about $37) a month to break stones into small pieces. She says she’s worked in the quarry since she was 12 years old. “In order to survive, I have had to do this hard labor for 15 years,” she says.
Cycle rickshaws are fast disappearing from Madurai, a city in India’s southern Tamil Nadu state, due to lifestyle changes and the automobile revolution. Vinayaga Moorthy says many other cycle rickshaw operators now drive auto rickshaws or have turned to other jobs. “I don’t have money to buy an auto rickshaw, and people who own auto rickshaws don’t come forward to offer jobs considering my age,” Moorthy says. “I now pedal for my daily bread. I earn 100 rupees ($1.49) to 150 rupees ($2.23) a day to feed myself and my wife.”
Manijt Bahadur Chepang, 80, is a basket weaver in Pida, a rural area in Nepal’s Dhading District. He has been making baskets, which are often used to carry water jars, grass or firewood, since he was 15 years old. People tie the baskets to their heads or shoulders with rope or cloth to carry their loads. Chepang pays 350 Nepalese rupees ($3.29) for a bamboo tree from a local forest, which he strips into thin pieces for weaving. He makes about five baskets from one bamboo tree and sells each basket for 250 rupees ($2.35). The only basket weaver in his area of the community, Chepang has a thriving business, selling about 200 baskets a month from his home or at the market.
Dinesh Karki, 22, and his sister Kamala Karki, 27, sell flowers, incense sticks and other items in Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square in Kathmandu, which is part of a UNESCO World Heritage monument zone. The square was damaged in a major earthquake in April 2015, so it’s now held up by wooden beams. The siblings have sold goods in the square since 2011, but now they worry it will collapse on them while they work. The square is among an estimated 2,900 locations with cultural or religious value that were damaged in the quake.
Kazidja Ali, 40, is an algae farmer in Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous area of Tanzania. She grows the algae along the beach, then dries it for three months. Once dry, Ali sells the algae to street vendors, some of whom use it to make soap.
Kennedy Tembo, 30, carries plastic bags for sell in Lusaka City. Some African countries have banned the use of plastic bags, which environmental experts say are hazardous to the environment. But in Zambia plastics are common bags for carrying goods.