Carpenter Herbert Mubiru, 26, sands the wood he uses for his furniture business in the Bukoto township of Kampala, Uganda. Mubiru and four of his business partners received a loan through the Youth Livelihood Project, which is run by Uganda’s Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development in collaboration with the Kampala Capital City Authority. Through the program, young entrepreneurs can obtain loans to start a business.
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.
Mugisha Royane, 11, bounces a ball off his chest during a football practice warm-up routine in Kampala, Uganda. Royane, Kyeyune Elijah, 12 (grey shirt) and several other boys don’t yet have a team name, but they meet every Sunday to practice football. Each of them comes from different schools, but they say they have become good friends.
Lubale Bamafamu Idinda, a traditional healer, lights a pipe in his shrine in Jinja, Uganda, to begin a ceremony meant to evoke spirits and ancestors. As part of the ceremony, he also shakes regalia such as calabash and chants to start communication with them. Bamafamu’s shrine, like many others in the country, is located next to a place of historical importance – in this case, where European explorers first found the source of the Nile River.
Children play football with a handmade ball in a vacant lot in their neighborhood in Bweyogerere, a township in Uganda’s Wakiso District. They gather to play their own version of football on the weekends, usually with around five to seven players.
Goreti Nalubega molds clay to make stove liners that reduce the amount of charcoal needed to cook in Bweyogerere, a township in the Kira municipality just outside of Kampala, Uganda. Nalubega makes the stove liners with fellow members of the Kwagala group, a group for single mothers. They each make over 100 stove liners per day and sell them for 500 Ugandan shillings (14 cents) each.
Nansereko Cecilia (left) and Kabatoro Phiona winnow coffee beans at a processing plant of Qualicoff, a coffee company in Kampala, Uganda. Winnowing increases the bean’s quality by removing chaff, or the pulp and skin.
Nanyonga Assumpta (left) and Mpirirwe Jackline strain a mixture of ghee (clarified butter), rock salt and tiny pieces of roasted meat to make eshabwe, a cream often served to the bride and groom during traditional marriage ceremonies in western Uganda. The cream must be made in a clean and quiet environment, so these women were hired to prepare it in a bedroom.
Entertainers and stilt-walkers Agaba January (left) and Kazoora Ronald, known as the Jungle Boys, read funny news articles while performing at Buy Uganda Build Uganda, a campaign promoting national businesses at the Kololo Independence Grounds in the capital city of Kampala. One of their made-up news articles reads, "The citizens of Bwaise are collecting money to buy diapers for dressing up their ducks which litter the city."
Nobel Mwijukye, a second-year fine art student at Kyambogo University in Kampala, Uganda, sculpts his hand out of clay during class. Mwijukye aspires to be a renowned sculptor and hopes to teach fine art at Kyambogo University after he graduates.
John Lwanyonga (front) and Bosco Nsubuga, brickmakers in the Kyebando village of Uganda’s Wakiso District, throw mud at a kiln in which bricks are made. The mud helps trap the heat inside the kiln, which ensures that the bricks are of a high quality.
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.
Elias Kabagambe (left) and Juliana Tumuhaise mash matooke while setting up for a party in Masheruka, a village in Uganda’s Sheema District. After mashing, the matooke is wrapped and left to steam and soften for three more hours.
In Kampala, Uganda, Obbo Lawrence sews a backpack at a studio called Banakibuga Street Minds, which he shares in a collective including seven other artists. Lawrence mixes cotton canvas and African fabrics to custom-make bags, which sell for between 100,000 Ugandan shillings ($27) and 350,000 Ugandan shillings ($95).
At the Uganda Museum in the capital of Kampala, participants in the Kampala Color Fun Run 2019 receive colored powder to wear and throw at one another. The 5-kilometer run-walk is a family event. Different colors were thrown on the participants after each kilometer.
Fred Sango pushes his brother Douglas Mukajanga as he waits his turn to swing in Kabumbi, a neighborhood in the municipality of Nansana in Uganda’s Wakiso District. The children in the community made this swing.
Travelers depart from the Port Bell Landing Site on Lake Victoria in Kampala, Uganda. Boaters and fishermen say that the lake is often overgrown with water hyacinth, a weed that hinders travel and hurts their businesses.
Methodias Atukwase (left) and Clephas Muhereza thresh their bean harvest in Nshenyi, a village in Uganda’s Isingiro District. They beat the crop to loosen the beans from the husks. It takes them three days to thresh one sack of beans.
Parents play with their children during the annual Shynea Uganda meeting at the Namirembe Resource Center in Kampala, Uganda. Shynea Uganda is an organization that helps children living with the medical conditions spina bifida and hydrocephalus. At the year-end meeting, parents and children discuss the ways they have managed challenges, exchange ideas and share the progress they’ve made.
Children ride a Ferris wheel during the Toto Festival, a popular annual Christmas event, at Mandela National Stadium in Kampala, Uganda. Kids competed in essay writing and songwriting contests and had the chance to win school fees, cash and other prizes. The event is named for a children’s magazine, Toto.