From left, Munkhsugir Altaikhuu, Anudari Azjargal, 12, and Rashzeveg Altaikhuu herd goats on Zuunsaikhan mountain in Bayandalai, Umnugovi province, Mongolia. Most herders have reared less livestock than usual since they could not prepare sufficient animal feed and milk for newborns during the COVID-19 lockdowns.
Mary Ann Yonmary pours hand-mashed palmyra pulp on a mat woven from palm leaves outside her house in Naranthanai South village, Sri Lanka. When the pulp dries, Yonmary will cut and sell the final product, which is called pinattu.
Rasenthiram Kabilan welds a door for the shop where he works in Cheddikulam, Vavuniya, Sri Lanka. Kabilan, who used to commute to Colombo, now works locally because of the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s nice to be with family,” he says, “even though the salary is low.”
Francis Mwanza applies varnish to a wooden playhouse in Mandevu township, Lusaka, Zambia. Mwanza, who started a woodworking company three years ago with his friends, says the business has grown and employs more than 15 people.
Jeannot Katembo Ndamasani prunes an avocado tree in his aunt's field in Luofu, North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. Farmers cutback the branches during the growing season to keep the tree from shading out other crops.
Charles Chikungwa, right, helps Abel Matinyarara drill a stone boulder along Simon Mazorodze Road in Harare, Zimbabwe. The smaller stones will be used to build tarred roads. In February 2021, the government declared the roads a national disaster and began repairs around the country.
Dulce Santiz, 19, harvests mushrooms at her family home in Zacualpa Ecatepec, Mexico. Santiz typically waters them two times a day, depending on the weather, and her family sells them as a source of income.
Baatarjav Riimed and Tserendulam Chuluunkhuu wash sheep and goats in a cattle tub in Erdenet, Orkhon province, Mongolia. Small livestock are washed and disinfected once a year to prevent parasitic diseases.
Justin Paluku Mukule trims Ramazani Ghislain’s beard at a salon located in the Kinawa neighborhood in Kirumba, Democratic Republic of Congo. Ghislain says he goes to a hairdresser every seven days to have his hair and beard shaved.
María Elena Ferreira grooms Mora, a white toy poodle, at a shop in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ferreira, who has groomed dogs part time for 15 years, says, “What I like most is working at the veterinary clinic. When I work with animals, I feel relaxed, and I love being with them. The majority [of the dogs] are good. Once you pet them, they relax and stay calm.”
Kennedy Maromo repairs a car’s exhaust pipe in an industrial area in Harare, Zimbabwe. Maromo has been a gas welder for 20 years, but because of coronavirus lockdown restrictions, he has fewer hours to earn money for his family.
Enkhtsetseg Enkhbaatar, right, paints Nemekhjargal Togtokhbayar’s nails in Erdenebulgan, Arkhangai province, Mongolia. Enkhtsetseg has been working as a manicurist since 2019, when the bank where she used to work went bankrupt.
Sylvia Alonso Espinosa, an orthodontist, checks Lizeth Alejandra Hernández Enríquez’s teeth in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico. Alonso says her workload decreased by 30% at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and several patients abandoned their treatments. “Now, because of vaccinations, we’ve started to see a more normal flow similar to what we had before the pandemic,” Alonso says.
Kumar Rasaili embosses the figure of a goddess in a singing bowl at his shop in Swayambhu, Kathmandu, Nepal. Rasaili says tourists are his typical customers and the coronavirus pandemic has hampered his business.
Otgontuul Nyamsuren braids paper to create a flowerpot basket in Khan-Uul district, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. “I tried to braid paper six years ago and quit,” Otgontuul says. “During the [coronavirus] lockdown, I learned how to make paper plates and bags. I also post pictures of them on Facebook for people to learn from me.”
Paola González sells flower bouquets and arrangements at a small stand in the mall in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. Vendors like González are taking advantage of foot traffic at the mall since COVID-19 restrictions have eased.
Kunarasa Dilaxan combines cement and sand to make stones for building material in Cheddikulam, Vavuniya, Sri Lanka. Young workers like Dilaxon used to travel to other districts for work, but they now stay close to home as coronavirus cases rise.
Bal Krishna Shrestha eats corn as he waits for customers on Ring Road in Kathmandu. Shrestha says he usually drives around the city to look for customers, but because of an increase in gas prices, he cannot afford to waste fuel.