Juana Guzaro helps her daughter Ana Guzaro, 7, arrange her belt, as Ana delicately combs her hair before they run errands in Viucalvitz Nebaj village in Quiché, a department in northwestern Guatemala. The traditional outfits in this community can take 10 to 15 minutes to put on, so mothers often help their daughters get dressed.
Engracia Lainez uses a rolling pin to make artisanal cheese in Quiché, a department in northwestern Guatemala. Lainez and her children make cheese six times a week as a source of income to support the family.
Juan Barbosa, 23, (right) and Victor Carlos, 23, sing covers of tunes by 1960s artists, like The Beatles and The Doors, in downtown Mexico City with their band The Folks. The group performs in the streets, as well as at private events, to get money to fund personal musical projects.
Christopher Corzo, 16, falls after attempting a trick at a skate park in eastern Mexico City. Corzo started rollerblading a year ago and says he practices at least 12 hours each week. “I’m going to keep scarring myself, but I want more,” Corzo says about learning from his falls.
A July exhibit at the CompArte por la Humanidad festival, in San Cristóbal de las Casas in southern Mexico, featured images of hundreds of people believed to be disappeared. The exhibit, which showed faces and eyes of the missing people printed on pillows and paper and hung on clothesline, was created by H.I.J.O.S. México, an organization founded by the children of people who have disappeared in Mexico.
Samuel Saint Louis, 22, peels freshly cut sugarcane stalks to sell in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital. Saint Louis, who has sold sugarcane for seven years, earns about 500 Haitian gourdes ($8) per day, which helps him support his two sisters.
Félix Solares (right) tends to the gladioli that he grows in a plot in front of his home in Aldea Chaquijyá, a hamlet in southwestern Guatemala. He and his son, Byron, will later cut and sell them by the dozen in local markets.
Vendors sell balloons and cotton candy in the plaza of the Catedral de San Cristóbal Mártir church in San Cristóbal de las Casas, a major city in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. The city attracts visitors year-round with its cuisine and colonial architecture.
Every day for about five hours, Marta Cobo, 11, takes her family’s goats out to the pastures in Quiché, a department in northwestern Guatemala, where she and her father then collect firewood. Many families in this region rely on herding livestock for their food and economic resources.
For at least three hours every day, Petronila Velasco, 53, weaves huipiles – loose-fitting tunic-like garments worn by indigenous women in Central America and Mexico – at her home in San Juan Cotzal, in western Guatemala. Families have been making and wearing traditional clothing for generations, and this helps preserve the local culture and identity.
Martha Guzmán Santis (right) and María Santis López (left) cook handmade corn tortillas using a comal, or griddle, and a wood fire in their community of Cruz Pilar, in the Tenejapa municipality of Chiapas, Mexico. Open fires, which can expose the user to strong heat and smoke inhalation, are used often in the indigenous communities of Chiapas.
Junior Aimé, 38, a resident of Port–au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, disassembles a broken refrigerator to make charcoal stoves. For 24 years, Aimé has recycled refrigerators into charcoal stoves, which are common cooking devices in Haiti.
Marta Matom Brito, 40, teaches her son Jacinto Alexander Brito Brito, 8, how to plant trees in their village of Salquil Grande, in Guatemala’s Quiché department. The family planted pine, cypress and alder trees to help mitigate the effects of climate change.
Tenoch López, 44, sells jade and obsidian sculptures made by local artisans to tourists at the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon in the ancient city of Teotihuacán, a UNESCO World Heritage site about 30 miles northeast of Mexico City. “Foreigners see my work as art; locals often think they are just knickknacks, and I have troubles selling them,” Lopez says. “Then I lower the price, and the Americans and Europeans tell me that I’m crazy.”
Near the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon in Teotihuacán, Mexico, Juan de Dios Vargas, 57, sells obsidian and jade sculptures made by local artisans. The archaeological site and ancient city of Teotihuacán, about 30 miles northeast of Mexico City, has UNESCO World Heritage status.
The Caravana Ayotzinapa, a group seeking to raise awareness concerning the case of 43 students who disappeared in Iguala, Mexico, in September 2014, concluded a tour in San Cristóbal de las Casas on July 1. The group, comprising the students’ family members and their supporters, toured the Mexican states of Quintana Roo, Yucatán, Campeche, Tabasco and Chiapas, urging further investigation into the unsolved case.
Train riders using the Mexico City Metro take advantage of the cool mist sprayed by one of the 10 fans at the Hidalgo station, the hottest location in the underground system. In spring and summer, 99 sprayers and misting fans are switched on in Mexico City’s metro stations to reduce the temperature.
Miguel Ramírez, 32, cares for about 4,500 cypress and pine trees four times a week in the western department of Quiché, Guatemala. The trees will later be planted to combat climate change’s effects on this agriculture-dependent region.
Mariano Julio Santiago Flores, 85, shows a shoe he made in his workshop in San Cristóbal de las Casas, a city in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. Santiago Flores says he became a shoemaker at age 15, after training as an apprentice.
María Isabel González, 54, is a pepenadora who collects and sells garbage to recycling companies. She is searching for cardboard in San Pedro Garza García, a city in Mexico’s northern state of Nuevo León. A pepenador can make 2 Mexican pesos (11 cents) per kilogram (2.2 pounds) of cardboard.
People celebrate LGBT Pride Month with the Marcha por la Dignidad, or March for Dignity, in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas state, Mexico, on June 24. The march’s purpose was to foster recognition of and respect for all ways that love can be expressed in the city.
Ana Pérez Gómez experiments with cost-effective handwashing techniques during a lesson on water-conserving handwashing methods in San Juan Cotzal, a municipality in Guatemala’s western highlands. The lesson was a part of PAISANO, a six-year food security project in Guatemala, implemented by the nonprofits Save the Children and Project Concern International.
Antonio Hernández López, a traditional herbalist, performs an indigenous Mayan ritual with María Gómez Díaz, who prays in the Tsotsil language for a successful Festival de la Paz y la Diversidad Cultural. The May event in San Cristóbal de las Casas in southern Mexico was a celebration of peace and cultural diversity. Hernández López poured pox, a traditional corn-based liquor, on dried corn, flowers and candles as an offering to the land and the Roman Catholic virgins and saints.
Woodly Caymite, 24, a resident of the Carrefour-Feuilles neighborhood of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, uses a rotary tool to refine a sculpture. Caymite has been using sculpting as a therapeutic tool since the 2010 earthquake, which killed many of his loved ones.