Canisius Habanabakize, a cabbage farmer from the town of Cyanzarwe, transports his crops by bicycle to the Mbugangari Market in Gisenyi, a port in western Rwanda. Farmers use bicycles to move their products to avoid paying for transportation or gasoline.
A group performs a cultural dance from the Kigezi region at a public event called “Partnering for Development” in Kampala, Uganda, organized by the World Bank Group and the national government. At the May 30 gathering, 52 Ugandan government agencies showcased their work and services.
Miriam Tembo, 7, draws water from a borehole at Kankumba Primary School in Rufunsa, Zambia. According to UNICEF, the U.N.’s child advocacy agency, more than a third of Zambians do not have easy access to clean water.
Vanessa Chikombe, 11, uses her blackboard to teach (from right) Rhoda Chimutima, 9, Tanyaradzwa Chuzo, 11, and Vanessa’s sister Cleopatra Chikombe, 6, lessons in English, grammar, spelling and mathematics in Caledonia, a settlement in Harare, Zimbabwe. Twice a week after school, Vanessa gathers her sister and friends to give them what she calls “extra lessons,” using what she has learned in her own classes as a guide.
In Zimunya township of Mutare District, Zimbabwe, Collin Sithole uses sandpaper to put the finishing touches on a drinking glass that he has made from a wine bottle. Sithole makes the glasses in his backyard from recycled bottles, using a piece of rope, water and sandpaper.
Sarah Hungwe, 67, crochets a bag using old cassette tapes. As part of a project called Friendship Bench in Harare, Zimbabwe, people are taught to make bags from the tapes as a treatment for depression. Hungwe says she became depressed after her husband and daughter died within the same month in 1999. Friendship Bench has helped her to keep busy while earning income from making the bags, she says.
People with disabilities gather around a fire outside their previous residence, a Leonard Cheshire home for the disabled in Harare, Zimbabwe. They were evicted following a nearly 20-year dispute with the home’s administration that resulted in a Supreme Court case. The Leonard Cheshire Trust, a U.K.-based charity that operates such homes around the world, argued that the accommodation was supposed to be temporary, until the residents could live independently, but some of the 17 residents had been tenants for decades.
Members of the Jekenisheni Church drum, dance and sing at Chief Zimunya Traditional Court in 22 Miles, an area outside of Mutare, a city in Zimbabwe. The church members, known for colorful outfits and vibrant dance moves, were performing on April 20 at belated International Women’s Day celebrations organized by Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Women Affairs Gender and Community Development.
At the Rubaga Miracle Centre Cathedral in Kampala, Uganda, 280 couples stand before Pastor Robert Kayanja, their families and friends to take wedding vows. This Pentecostal megachurch organized the May 4 mass wedding. Kayanja is also CEO of TV station Channel 44, which broadcast the mass wedding live as a part of the series “77 Days of Glory.”
Theodosia Mukangoga, 24, carries cauliflower through Kanembwe village in Rwanda’s Rubavu district, on her way to the Mbugangari market in the town of Gisenyi, 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) away. Vegetable sellers say they earn 200 Rwandan francs (24 cents) per cauliflower in Gisenyi, compared with 150 francs (18 cents) in nearby villages.
Linos Chalwe (right), general secretary of the Footballers and Allied Workers Union of Zambia, FAWUZ, lays flowers at the Heroes’ Acre burial site in Lusaka on the 24th anniversary of the plane crash that killed 30 people, including 18 members of the 1993 Zambia football team, who were on their way to a World Cup qualifying match. The plane went down on April 27 in the Atlantic Ocean off Libreville, Gabon. Chalwe is joined by the Zambia national football team coach Wedson Nyirenda (second from right) and the Zambia under-20 national football team coach Beston Chambeshi (second from left).
Brian Kalunga and his son Kafula (left) prepare their fishing poles as they relax at Kalimba Reptile Park in Lusaka, Zambia. Aside from fishing at the park, visitors can view giant Nile crocodiles, snakes, tortoises and other reptiles on display for educational purposes.
In Kitchanga, a town 80 kilometers (about 50 miles) from the city of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Odette Nyirakamanzi, 29, sifts through beans to remove any leaves and seeds. She uses a traditional sieve known in Swahili as a “lungo.” Nyirakamanzi sells the beans at the market on Fridays.
Kudzai Chomo, a clown, paints the face of Patience Nkomo at the annual Zimbabwe International Trade Fair in Bulawayo. This event, held April 25 to 29, promoted local and international businesses in Zimbabwe and featured many activities for families to enjoy.
In Harare, Zimbabwe, Paul Murombo, 33, makes cooking pots from aluminum scrap that he has removed from an old truck, while his son Elshamer Murombo, 28 months, eats. Murombo can make pots of any size, and most are sold to large institutions like schools or churches.
Irene Nawaho, a nanny for the Ugandan Parliament’s day care facility, watches over (left to right) Felicia Kusiima, Ezra Weijuliand and Verima Rocho. Parliament set up this facility and breast-feeding center so that its members and staff can work with a settled heart knowing their children are under good care and close to them.
Brothers Chrispen Matsika, 39, and Alvin Matsika, 33, (right) create arts and crafts to sell in the city center of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second-largest municipality. The two have been making shoes, handbags, jewelry, hats and other items for more than 10 years.
Meddie Gabula carries Joel Wamboka to a boat on Lake Victoria in Jinja, Uganda. A three- to four-hour boat ride is one of the only forms of transportation for goods and passengers from Jinja to Buvuma Island, the largest in a chain of islands that make up Lake Victoria’s Buvuma District, home to almost 90,000 people. Gabula carries passengers and goods from the shore to the boats and charges 1,000 Ugandan shillings (about 28 cents) for an adult, 500 shillings (about 14 cents) for a child and between 1,000 and 3,000 shillings (28 cents to 83 cents) for heavy produce.
Refugee women, who have fled violent clashes between two rebel groups in Democratic Republic of Congo, learn to make baskets from dead leaves and plastic bags in Kitchanga, a town in DRC’s North Kivu province. In December 2016, they fled their home village of Bukombo, where the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda is battling the Mai Mai Nyatura.
Upenyu Maponde, 32, weaves a chair under some shade in Avondale, a suburb of Harare, Zimbabwe. Maponde, who has been weaving furniture for 10 years, sells his items on the side of the road. His complete four-seat couch sells for between $300 and $400.
A girl crosses a river using a sewer pipe as an improvised bridge on her way to school in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Children take this route to avoid the conventional path, which is much longer and often requires them to pay for public transport.
Tourists visit Lubiri Palace in Kampala, the capital of Uganda. The palace once held torture chambers used by Idi Amin, who committed crimes against humanity as president of Uganda from 1971 to 1979. According to tour guide Allan Kakembo (not pictured), the torture chamber site was originally an armory, but was later converted into a prison where an estimated 19,000 people died from hunger, suffocation or mass electrocution.
Jeremiah Mutunga Mwema, 38, sells his goods at Nairobi’s Maasai Market, held every Tuesday along Kijabe Street. The market brings together African fashion traders. Mwema makes and decorates his own African wear and is the founder of Black Pride, a clothing business.