Batbayar Yondon, a herder, paints his ger, or yurt, in the countryside north of Bayandalai, Umnugovi province, Mongolia. Mongolian gers are designed to be lightweight and durable, which makes them suitable for a nomadic lifestyle.
Ranjithraj Nishakaran advertises the magazine Siriththiran with a promotion team in Chavakachcheri, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. The magazine, which was relaunched in January 2021, was founded in 1963 and circulated for 32 years before its offices were burned down during the Sri Lankan Civil War.
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.
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.”
Agvaansambuu Byambadorj helps his family assemble their ger, a portable circular dwelling, at their summer camp in Battsengel, Arkhangai province, Mongolia. Nomadic Mongolians move each season, and the ger can be easily disassembled and rebuilt.
Batkhuyag Tserendorj releases an arrow while practicing archery at the central stadium in Dalanzadgad, Umnugovi Province, Mongolia. Just a few days before the annual Nadam Festival was set to begin, archers like Batkhuyag, who were planning to compete there, were notified that the event was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
Turbayar Bat-Od, center, holding the microphone, performs with other members of the band Open Mic Lowc in Erdenet, Orkhon province, Mongolia. The event was organized to thank and encourage health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Family members of the founders of the Periya Thambiran temple make dumplings, or modak, as an offering to commemorate the day the temple was built in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Many people usually attend the celebration, but this year, only family members were present due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Byambadorj Davaa plows a field in Ulziit, Arkhangai province, Mongolia. Because of poor vegetation growth in summer, herders purchase grass to feed their livestock in winter from farmers like Byambadorj, who started to grow animal feed, or fodder, this year.
Davaasuren Purevsuren, a technology teacher, carves Yanjinlkham, the goddess of art, with a chisel on cedar wood in Erdenebulgan, Arkhangai province, Mongolia. Davaasuren, who has been carving since 1995, was able to spend more time on his hobby when schools were closed during the coronavirus lockdowns. “One doesn’t learn how to carve suddenly one day,” he says. “It takes a daily practice, little by little.”
Murugan Jeevaratnam hammers wood to make kitchen shelves in Inuvil, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Jeevaratnam, 73, has been working as a carpenter for 45 years and says now that he’s older, he earns his salary by doing easier work.
Manuvel Mahenthiran prepares a field to sow paddy in Adampan, Mannar district, Sri Lanka. Farmland is allocated once a year to members of farmers’ organizations registered with the Ministry of Agriculture.
People, aged 64, line up outside a school to receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu, Nepal. The government has distributed vaccines in phases to people since January 2021.
Kanakalingam Govardhanan clears the grass around Karaikal Sivan Temple in Inuvil, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. As a service, Govardhanan, a bus driver, has cleaned the temple's perimeter every day since the government imposed a travel restriction during the coronavirus pandemic.
Otgonkhishig Choisuren and Bilegdemberel Battur plant flowers at Amar Central Square in Erdenet city, Orkhon province, Mongolia. Otgonkhishig, who is part of the province’s initiative to plant around 50,000 flowers, says, “I like this work very much, because I contribute to making our city scenery fresh by planting beautiful flowers of multiple colors. I do this out of happiness.”
Kamardheen Sithysameena and Kaleel Ramshiya sow black grain seeds in Adampan, Mannar district, Sri Lanka. Black grain is a profitable option for farmers because Sri Lanka restricts imports of the crop.
Arumugam Tharumaraja makes small earthenware lamps in Thirunelvely, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Tharumaraja says exporting his pottery has been limited due to COVID-19, so he has started making lamps for a lights festival in November.