Josam Mbeve makes rope to bind reeds in his reed mats at the Zimbabwe New Hope Home, a home for senior citizens in Hauna, a village in Manicaland, Zimbabwe. Mbeve, who is visually impaired, says local community members show their support by visiting him in the home to buy his mats.
Radha Chaudhary and Pyeari Chaudhary clean the floor of their home in Belwabajja, a community in Nepal’s Bardiya District, with a mixture of mud and cow dung. It is believed to purify the home, in addition to killing bacteria and repelling mosquitoes.
Ghasari B.k, 55 (red shirt), stands with her husband Balaram B.k, 61, and their five-year-old grandson Binod B.k in front of their home in Girighat, an area in Nepal’s Surket District. Flooding in 2015 brought many people to temporary camps in the area.
Nakibuuka Doreen (left to right) stands with her daughter Atuhaire Racheal, 11, and Racheal’s friend Nantongo Brenda, 7, in front of a partially built restaurant in the Bwaise neighborhood of Uganda’s capital, Kampala. Nakibuuka has been running her restaurant business here for the last four months.
Jean de Dieu Wasuku, 4, carries an empty jerry can to a nearby spring in the Kachuya neighborhood of Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Wasuku walks about one kilometer (.62 miles) to the spring early every morning. His mother meets him afterward to help carry the can home once it’s filled.
Anashe, 11 (right), and other children play on the rubble of demolished houses in Seke 2, a neighborhood in the high-density dormitory town of Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe. The homes were torn down after a decade-long court battle over ownership.
Thuli Tamang, 80, washes dishes and tends to her small vegetable garden outside her home on the bank of the Bagmati River in Thapathali, Nepal. Tamang and her daughter moved to the area after her husband died. The community is made up of people squatting on government land, most of whom don’t have their own lands and have come from other parts of Nepal to find daily wage work.
Jean Matulu, 10, goes fishing in a canoe on the right bank of the Tshopo River in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Jean practices fishing every day after school, hoping to catch even bigger fish to sell.
Yvonne Kwaedza (from left), Grace Chikata and Rudo Moyana wash their dishes and clothes under a bridge at the Mazowe River at Hamilton Farm, near the town of Glendale, Zimbabwe. The women live in farming communities that do not have a water supply, so they turn to the river when they need to wash their clothes.
Friends Sawaney Buda (left), 75, and Sunakhari Budha, 77, sit in the sun and roll woolen, or yarn made by carding wool, outside their home in Birendranagar, a city in Nepal’s Surkhet District. The two women learned to knit woolen sweaters when they lived in the Jumla District, one of the coldest places in Nepal’s northern Karnali Province.
Jolly Natuha collects rainwater in jugs, buckets and jerricans at her home in Nsumbi village, in Uganda’s Wakiso District. During the rainy season, Busingye and other Nsumbi residents depend on rainwater to save money on piped water.
Nadine Tshela (left), 9, and Thérèse Kingobe, 11, wash dishes and their laundry in the Konga Konga River in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. The girls do these chores at the river every day before school.
Simon Mwansa, 10, carries vegetables to sell to neighbors in Kalingalinga, a settlement in Lusaka, Zambia. Simon says he helps his mother sell the vegetables so they can afford his school requirements.
Clemence Mashavira, 10, brings water from a community well in the Gimboki 3 neighborhood of Mutare, Zimbabwe. The area has no running water, so the residents of the communities have dug wells. They boil the water before use to prevent disease.
Sandra Mazviwanza collects water from a pipe that burst in Glenview 2, a neighborhood in Harare, Zimbabwe. Although three people from her neighborhood have died in Zimbabwe’s current outbreak of cholera, a water-borne disease, Mazviwanza says this is the only way she has had to gather water since the rupture of this pipe, which is connected to her house.
Catherine Mutokambali, of Himbi, a neighborhood in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, washes her clothes on the shore of Lake Kivu. After about 15 years of water shortages at her home, Mutokambali wakes up at 5 a.m. daily to do laundry at Lake Kivu, she says.
At their home in Mparo, a town in Uganda’s Rukiga District, brothers Peter Niwagaba (right), 17, and John Ruhija, 8, feed their rabbits and clean the hutch to keep the animals healthy. When the rabbits are fully grown, the brothers will sell them for about 30,000 Ugandan shillings ($8.07), which they’ll use to pay school fees.
Paul Banda, 15, waters cattle at his family's farm in Liteta, a city about 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Lusaka, Zambia. Paul says his parents cannot afford the items he needs for school, so he stays at home to help raise the cattle.
Juana Chuj, 32, spins yarn on the patio in front of her home in a small community in Cunén, in Guatemala's Quiché department. She is joined by her two children, Elena, 10, and Ciriaco, 3. Juana Chuj begins spinning every morning at 9 a.m. to prepare the yarn for blouses and other clothing she will make, a practice common among people in this area.
Agiri Gurupira (right), 12, leads donkeys bringing his siblings from a mill to their home in Mutoko, a town 145 kilometers (90 miles) east of Harare, Zimbabwe. They’re carrying home a bag of mealie-meal. Their parents sometimes send them to the mill to grind maize into mealie-meal, used to make sadza, a staple food in Zimbabwe.
Carolina Urrutia Maravillas, 35, cleans and arranges Christmas decorations outside the tent where she and her family have been living after the Sept. 19 earthquake that struck Mexico City and damaged their home in the La Planta neighborhood.
Shirah Amarati, 14, carries home a load of papyrus that she cut at a nearby swamp in Uganda’s Gulu district. Shirah will sun-dry the papyrus for about one week, then use it to make mats that she will sell at the Gulu town market.
Gina Saint Fleur, 40, does laundry at the river Diegue at Pèlerin 5, in Pétion-Ville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. For eight years, Saint Fleur has relied on washing laundry as her main source of income, and her clients are saved the time of doing the chore themselves.