McDonald Garaidenga trains with a boxing club at the Stodart Club Room in Harare, Zimbabwe. Classes here are provided free of charge, one of the reasons why Garaidenga says he has trained here for over a year.
Tafadzwa Rusambo (front) and Domic Sirika gather juice cans that they spread out on a tarred road for trucks to run over and flatten in Harare, Zimbabwe. The two sell the flattened cans to recycling companies in South Africa for a living.
Shamiso Chamwanyisa makes popcorn in a machine made of welded steel. Chamwanyisa, who works in a suburb of Mutare, Zimbabwe’s fourth largest city, says he can earn about 80 ZWL ($6) per day depending on the number of people who bring him corn to pop.
Students Solomon Chitakatira (left) and Ropafadzo Chadoka dance to celebrate a newly-constructed water borehole at Chigwedere Primary School in Zimbabwe’s Wedza district, 150 kilometers (90 miles) south of the capital, Harare. Before the borehole was made, the students had to take time out of lessons to fetch water from a nearby river.
Tebogo Moyo, 14, performs in front of the Bulawayo City Hall in Zimbabwe as part of a free outdoor concert for World Music Day. Popularly known as “Tebza the Hero,” Moyo won the award for Outstanding Newcomer Across All Genres at this year’s Bulawayo Arts Awards.
Arthur Tinashe Mushingaidzwa, a coach for the Dalenastics Gymnastics Club, trains with Tanatswa Mutowo in Harare, Zimbabwe. Mutowo, 14, is a gymnast for the Zimbabwe national team and has his sights set on competing in the Olympics.
Webster Msika waters his sugar bean field in Harare, Zimbabwe. Msika, an urban farmer who grows crops for his family and to sell to the community, needed to keep the plants watered to prevent them from being affected by erratic rain patterns. He says his yield this season will be less compared to when there rainfall is normal.
Primrose Masiyakurima (right) and other community members repair a broken borehole in Dora Ward 35, located in Zimbabwe’s Mutare District. This borehole provides water to 22 households and a school of 350 children. A few villagers are given equipment and trained as Village Pump Mechanics (VPMs), so they can repair broken boreholes themselves instead of waiting for district authorities.
Tapiwa Mubaiwa (left) and Tinotenda Zowa play a game of cards during their lunch break in the Milton Park neighborhood of Harare, Zimbabwe. The two work as gardeners and regularly play cards during breaks to unwind, laugh and relax.
Josam Mbeve makes rope to bind reeds in his reed mats at the Zimbabwe New Hope Home, a home for senior citizens in Hauna, a village in Manicaland, Zimbabwe. Mbeve, who is visually impaired, says local community members show their support by visiting him in the home to buy his mats.
Primary school drum majorettes march through the city center in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The city, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary, began the festivities with this mini carnival, led by the Zimbabwe National Army band.
Joshua Chigwida, also known as Sekuru Nehanda, gives his client, Admire Chimunyu, treatments for a backache at his stall in Harare’s city center in Zimbabwe. Chigwida has provided herbal medicine to his clients in the city center for over five years. His clients are often commuter omnibus drivers and conductors who operate close by.
Givean Thomu, who lost both his hands when he was five, paints a landscape for a client at his home in Harare, Zimbabwe. Thomu spent most of his childhood in children’s homes and now earns his living through his art, even though the current economic environment makes finding clients difficult. “People no longer value paintings but are more concerned about bringing food to their tables,” he says.
Gift Moyo throws a ceramic vase as part of his pottery studies at the Mzilikazi Arts and Crafts Centre in the Mzilikazi township of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The center, which opened in 1963, trains young adults in hands-on craftmanship skills like pottery, wood sculpting and fine art. Students sell their works to the public in their showroom.
Thembelani Mandingaise, 15 (blue uniform), plays a clapping game with Vanessa Makawa, 8, as Sharon Mkonto, 6, watches in Kambuzuma, a high density suburb of Zimbabwe’s capital Harare. The three play to pass the time as they wait outside a feeding center called Faith Community Support Trust for their daily meal. Meals are donated by local non-profits and well-wishers.
A man who is currently a prisoner in the Mutare Remand Prison performs a traditional dance called Muchongoyo during a stakeholder visit to the facility in Mutare, Zimbabwe. The performance is put on by a prison arts group called Manicaland School of Arts. They often showcase their traditional dance moves for stakeholder visits, as well as for the rest of the prison population.
Yemurai Kunaka, 6, plays with her doll that she named Vimbiso, meaning promise in the Shona language, in the high density neighborhood of Hopley Farm, Harare, Zimbabwe. The area lacks many requisite facilities such as schools, clinics and well-organized housing infrastructure. Like other children in the neighborhood, Yemurai goes to a local makeshift school and often plays on the roads or in her yard after school lets out.
Selmor Mtukudzi, daughter of Zimbabwean jazz musician Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, and the Black Spirits perform some of her father’s hits at Radio Park, in Zvishavane, Zimbabwe. Tuku, as he was known by fans, passed away early in 2019. Since his passing, Selmor has been touring locally and internationally with her sister to commemorate their father, donating the proceeds to his arts center in Norton, Zimbabwe.
Mellisa Nkomo, 4, and her brother Themba Nkomo, 8, go on a boat ride at Luna Park, a section of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) in the city of Bulawayo’s Central Business District. There are various rides and activities for children during the fair, which exhibits the goods and services of domestic and international companies.