Alpha Mumbere, 20, cuts felled trees into lumber in the village of Mangiva in the Basili chiefdom of Ituri province, Democratic Republic of Congo. Mumbere saved money from his job as a farmer to purchase logging equipment. His earnings as a logger helped him build a home, and he has employed other young people in the area.
Construction engineer Jean-Marie Lisilo (top), 27, tosses baked bricks to young adults in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo, where the bricks will be sold. Lisilo created the group, Association des Briquetier de la Tschopo, to teach youths in the community how to make and sell bricks. The bricks are baked to increase durability and then carefully removed from the kiln one by one.
In the town of Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo, Berveli Izobo (left), 4, and Eloge Kapenge, 7, play mangola, a critical-thinking game in the mancala family. Berveli and Eloge, who also enjoy watching grown-ups play the game, are learning to think ahead before moving the pieces.
A ferry prepares to carry passengers and goods across the Congo River from Kisangani to Lubunga, a commune in the city of Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. The Congolese government provided the ferry to carry basic goods between Lubunga and the other five communes of the city.
Furaha Basila, 37, a married mother of five, sells bananas while roaming the streets of Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. After her workday is over, she goes to the market to buy food for her children.
A traffic robot directs vehicles at the most dangerous intersection in Goma, the capital of Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The city is testing the robot at the Instigo roundabout, where traffic volume is high, in a bid to reduce congestion and accidents. The device was engineered by Thérèse Kirongozi, a former student at the Institut Supérieur des Techniques Appliquées-Kinshasa, an institute for technical studies in the capital, Kinshasa.
Joshua Kasereka (foreground), 22, joins others of the Nande community in Democratic Republic of Congo in hunting for grasshoppers, which they later will sell or cook and eat with fufu, a staple food made from cassava flour. According to local tradition, grasshoppers come from the goddess Nyabahasa, who frees them periodically – generally in November and December – to create joy in families.
Sixth-grade student Kambale Mukole (center), 11, was sworn in as president of the Lubemba School during an Oct. 30 ceremony attended by local authorities, parents and teachers in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. One of Kambale’s policy ideas would be to have only French, as opposed to the local languages, Lingala and Swahili, spoken during school hours.
Claudia Enzonzi Mbano, 27, one of the captains of the Bateau Emmanuel 3, skippers the boat across Lake Kivu, taking up to 100 passengers about 130 kilometers (81 miles) between Goma and Bukavu in Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mbano, a recent graduate of Université du Lac Tanganyika in Bujumbura, Burundi, is the only woman among nearly 200 captains in command of boats on Lake Kivu.
Close family and friends of Thérèse Matandu gathered under a purple canopy in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo, on Sept. 26 for the funeral of the 70-year-old woman, who had passed away in a hospital six days earlier. Various people from throughout the community also attended to pay their last respects. It is common in Congolese culture for entire communities to attend funerals.
Clovis Mutokambali, 30, works on a motorcycle in a repair garage that he and four friends started seven years ago in Kisangani, a northeastern city in Democratic Republic of Congo. Mutokambali owns his own motorcycle, which allows him to do repairs remotely. “When a client needs me, I jump on my motorcycle and find him where he is for a repair,” he says proudly.
Nathalie Mutala sews clothes for her clients, using the popular kitenge fabric, in Kisangani, a city in Democratic Republic of Congo’s northeastern region. Mutala, who is known locally for her innovative fashions, makes three to five garments per day.
Employees of the Community Radio Station of South Lubero, also known as RCLS, line up to wish radio technician Kizito Kasali and his bride, Blandine Kasayi, a happy marriage before their wedding at Kasando Parish in Kirumba, Democratic Republic of Congo. Members of the RCLS team then escorted the bride and groom to the church.
Kennedy Mukadi, 14, performs a hip-hop choreographic style called krumping at the third annual Kivu Dance Battle in July, in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern city of Goma, North Kivu province. Faraja Batumike, the event’s founder, says the dance battle gives young artists an opportunity to display their talents and may help them cross into a professional career.
In Kanyaruchinya village in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province, a cholera outbreak that began in July has claimed the lives of 15 people, most under the age of 10. In response, authorities have created a quarantine area within the Majengo neighborhood of Goma, 10 kilometers (6 miles) to the south. More than 1,100 cases have been reported so far.
Chance Bahati, 32, who is hearing and speech impaired, sews shirts, handbags, shoes and other items made from waxed cotton fabric. He lives in the city of Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province. For five years, Bahati has collected the waxed cotton fabric, known there as kitenge, from local markets. He sells the shirts, for example, at 21,750 Congolese francs ($13.70) each.
Bijoux Zawadi, 29, serves as a park warden defending the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kahuzi Biega National Park from armed poachers. This park, like other protected areas in the nation, is managed by the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature. “When I hold my AK-47 in my hands, I become more confident and feel great,” she says. “I value my AK-47 like a farmer treasures his ax, and I cannot detach myself from it.”
Sugabo Shabani, a widowed father of eight, purchases drinking water for 50 Congolese francs (3 cents) per 19-liter (5-gallon) jerry can, which he carries and sells to restaurants at a market in the city of Kitchanga, in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province. Shabani walks to the market carrying two jerry cans by hand, and he can take nearly 500 liters (130 gallons) per day.
Zacharie Tabaro, 57, sands a guitar he is making in Bukavu, the capital of the South Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Tabaro has trained about 50 young people from Bukavu in the art of making guitars.
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.
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.
A bride and groom pose on their wedding day in Goma, the capital of North Kivu Province in Democratic Republic of Congo. Many Congolese couples live together without being married because they can’t afford a wedding. Congo Men’s Network, which works with men to end gender-based violence and other problems, coordinated marriage ceremonies for about two dozen couples by paying their administrative fees.
Kahingo Bauma Amida, a former fighter with the Patriotic Alliance for a Free and Sovereign Congo, also known as the APCLS, an armed rebel group, stands with her baby in Goma, the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province. She joined the group when she was just 12 years old. She was captured by government forces and taken to a military training camp, where she lived for three years. Now 23 years old, she lives in Goma, but says she hasn’t received any assistance from the government to build her life there.
An elderly woman carries a bag of potatoes in the Masisi area of Democratic Republic of Congo. U.N. peacekeepers keep watch behind her. Many elderly people have lost children during ongoing conflict in this country, and therefore struggle to survive.