Wellington Sydney Nyon’o paints a kindergarten in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city. In Zimbabwe’s difficult economic environment, many people choose self-employment over the formal labor sector, due to fluctuation in the value of the Zimbabwean dollar. Self-employed workers get paid as they work, as opposed to receiving a salary monthly, which ensures that they’re paid the full value for their services, rather than a depreciated amount later.
Jeremiah Gwate washes his hands at the gate to his homestead in Gungwe, a village in Zimbabwe’s Matabeleland South province. Gwate made the hand-washing station by wiring a plastic bottle to a stick, and he steps on the stick to tilt the bottle.
Otis Kembo installs solar panels at traffic lights in Mutare, Zimbabwe. This is the city’s second renewable energy project, after streetlights were installed last year to counter power cuts and ensure the safety of residents at night.
Gladys Matate, left, and Chipo Mandivengerei braid Tariro Nyashanu’s hair at her home in Harare, Zimbabwe. Mandivengerei says some clients do not feel safe in salons due to the coronavirus, so the pair have resorted to going where their clients feel safe. She adds that they always wear face masks to protect themselves and their clients.
Tanatswa Mudzamiri, 12, attends an online Shona lesson with his class in Harare, Zimbabwe. Tanatswa is in seventh grade and set to take exams at the end of the year. Schools in Zimbabwe have not yet opened due to the coronavirus, and some schools have started conducting lessons virtually.
Bernard Nyatsuro fetches water from a borehole in Southlea Park, a neighborhood in Harare, Zimbabwe. He says he travels to the borehole daily because the area he lives in does not have a regular water supply. Nyatsuro says he’s scared of catching the coronavirus but has no option since he requires water.
Charmaine Mazambara, left, 7, and Nicole Urayai, 5, play a game with sand and water outside their home in Harare, Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is under an indefinite lockdown due to the coronavirus. With schools closed, children spend most of their time playing with friends.
Nigel Sana, 16, digs a well in Harare, Zimbabwe. This neighborhood does not have access to city water, so residents rely on makeshift wells like this one. Sana is a student, but with many schools closed indefinitely due to the coronavirus, he is digging this well to earn extra income.
Regai Madzingo, carrying her son Joel Hwingwiri, weaves mats at her home in Harare, Zimbabwe. She used to sell vegetables in town, but she started to weave mats to survive during the coronavirus lockdown.
Priscah Ndlovu, a nail artist, shapes Perfect Zinyemba’s new artificial nails in Zvishavane, Zimbabwe. For several weeks, salons in Zimbabwe were closed due to the coronavirus, but regulations have been relaxed across the country, allowing salons to reopen.
Shoppers line up outside a supermarket in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, in late March to do some last-minute shopping before lockdown. The Zimbabwean government has restricted nonessential movements nationwide until at least May 4, and the spread of the coronavirus has led to social distancing measures, like those seen in the line.
Trishias Manhivi, councilor for Zimbabwe’s Mhototi ward, washes her hands during a meeting of local leaders in rural Zvishavane. They discussed the new coronavirus, planned the way forward for their community – and busted myths: Information spread on WhatsApp had led some to believe their communities were immune from the virus.
Zivanai Bimha washes his hands at a temporary washing station in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Harare City Council, in partnership with local company Ecosure, installed the basins in busy parts of the capital to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Violet Muvandiri sprays disinfectant at a Market Square bus terminal in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Harare City Council says the city is disinfecting bus terminals as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus and to raise awareness of the seriousness of the disease and how to prevent it.
Kelvin Mafaro fits recycled rubber on a spare part at an industrial site in Harare, Zimbabwe. He says that he and his fellow workers noticed that there are few companies that specialize in making rubber for cars, buses and other machinery, so they took the opportunity to provide these services. They work in groups and share profits at the end of each week.
Abraham Moyo spray paints a scotch cart that was recently assembled at an industrial site in Harare, Zimbabwe. Even though he doesn’t own a shop at the site, he says his specialized spray painting services are required by several people who operate here. The site accommodates hundreds of informal craftsmen who provide a variety of services.
George Choto weaves a chair at a shopping center in Harare, Zimbabwe. He and his colleagues sell woven chair sets for 1320 Zimbabwean dollars (around $121). Choto says business has been slow because of the current economic situation, but he and his colleagues keep pushing because it is their only source of livelihood.
Constance Mharapara (front) and Asumta Mudanga (left) sing at Sunday mass at the Lady of the Wayside Parish in Harare, Zimbabwe. The voices of the choir, combined with drums beats and rattles, fill the church with a melodious vibe. Sunday worship here is led by a different choir each week.
Kudakwashe Jimu, 17, carefully threads a wire through beads to make an animal doll. He learned to make dolls like this from a relative, and now sells them from his stall at a market in Harare, Zimbabwe. He also makes key rings and Christmas decorations.
Anywhere Shoko, 13 (left), and Aleck Majamanda, 6, fly kites in the morning before they leave for school in Harare, Zimbabwe. They make the kites themselves, using plastic and grass straws to give them a firm shape.