In front of the Annapurna Temple in Ason, a market square in Kathmandu, Nepal, Dipendra Tuladhar draws a “kalash” in an offering of grain. A kalash is a metal pot filled with water and offered to the gods. The grains thank the gods for the good harvest, as Hindus and Buddhists pray for next year’s crop.
Yaks graze in the Himalayan region of Manang, Nepal. Male yaks are bred for meat, which is usually dried for easy storage. Female yaks, called dri, are bred for meat and their milk, which is also used to make churpi, a traditional type of cheese.
Santa Vásquez (left) and Paulina Chiyal buy flowers at the market in the village of Vásquez, in the Totonicapán region of Guatemala. Vásquez arrived early to choose flowers to decorate her house and the local cemetery’s mausoleum.
Vallikkodi Paramananthar gathers palmyra sprouts while harvesting her field in Karambakurichchi, a village on the Jaffna peninsula in Sri Lanka. This work is an ancestral tradition for Paramananthar, and it helps to provide for her family.
Enya people practice traditional fishing techniques, at Wagenia Falls in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. They use these wooden tripods to hold baskets and nets to trap Congo River fish, which are sold for about 8,000 Congolese francs ($5) per kilogram (2.2 pounds) at Kisangani’s central market.
Farmers Kirusnapillai Nahulenthiran (left) and M.I. Alavudheen harvest their “short season” paddy in Mannar, a city in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province. Once a year, during what is known as the “short season,” the government gives its agricultural land to farmers, so they can harvest and earn wages.
Faustin Mfitumukiza, 23, carries a banana tree trunk to feed his cows in Kibaya, a village in Rwanda’s Rubavu district. Since the Rwandan government forbade farmers from grazing cows outside their pens because of the danger of spreading diseases, farmers have preferred to feed their cattle with cheap banana trees.
Sukh Bahadur Gurung returns to his village, Khangsar, after delivering supplies to a hotel at the Tilicho Base Camp in Manang, Nepal. Gurung makes deliveries during the fall and spring, when trekkers visit Tilicho Lake.
Trevor Kashiri crushes stones at a quarry in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Kashiri and his team of small-scale stone crushers roll boulders down nearby mountains, then break up the rocks. They sell a truckload of 7 metric tons (15,400 pounds) for $120 to $150. A wheelbarrow full of stones goes for $2.
Mohammad Kamaal Dar, 65, uses a weighted net to catch fish at Dal Lake in Srinagar, a major city in Indian-administered Kashmir. Dar, who has been a fisherman for 40 years, sells each kilogram (2.2 pounds) of fish for 250 to 350 Indian rupees ($3.40 to $4.75).
Kerlie Prédélus, 24, rides a horse for the first time, with instruction from Fritzner Coriolan, at Wynne Farm Ecological Reserve in the Port-au-Prince commune of Kenscoff, Haiti. Coriolan has been a riding teacher for 15 years, showing people how to enjoy horses beyond their use as beasts of burden.
Horses in Namashung, a village in Nepal’s Upper Mustang region, wear cushioned saddles made from cloth with traditional Tibetan designs. Most families in this area own horses. Aside from using them for transportation, the locals hire them out to tourists.
Truck driver Ram Tamang (center) and his colleagues attempt to free a truck stuck in the Kagbeni Khola, a river in the Kagbeni village in Upper Mustang, Nepal. Water levels rose after the rains of the summer monsoon season.
The animal protection group Vive Mar released this turtle, which was less than 2 days old, at Playa Bacocho, a beach in Oaxaca state, Mexico. The group, founded by local residents, rescues turtle eggs that are buried in the sand, before they are found by poachers, who sell them.
Rinzen Tsecho (left) and Kumari Roka Magar separate seeds from locally grown apricots in Tangbe, a village in Upper Mustang, Nepal. They give the fruit to their cattle and make cooking oil from the seeds.
José Antonio Robles Córdova (center), 11, plays on the “bicibomba,” or bicycle pump, at Escuela Primaria Josefa Ortíz de Domínguez, an elementary school in San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas state, Mexico. He’s flanked by Ángel Gabriel Arias Cupil (left), 8, and Emilio Adrián López Gómez, 7. The bicibomba provides water for the students, teaches them how water circulates through a purifier, and gives them an incentive to exercise and play.
John Anthonipillai sells fresh fish on the side of Mannar Bridge, which connects Mannar Island to the main island of Sri Lanka. Every evening for the last three years, Anthonipillai has sold fish to travelers on the bridge to Mannar Island, which has a thriving marine industry.
Clementine Nikuze has transformed old tires into planters at her home in Rwanda’s Rubavu District. Nikuze, a mother of four, turned tire gardens into a business. Customers pay her 15,000 Rwandan francs (about $17) to come to their homes and install small tire gardens.
Elyores Senat, 33, picks a coconut from the very top of a tree in Damassin, Haiti. Senat has been doing this work since age 12. He picks the fruit for a farm owner, who pays him in coconuts, which Senat can later sell. He enjoys the job and sees it as a way to give back to his community, whose residents use coconuts in a variety of foods.
Musimenta Frank (left) and Akobumosi Cosmas take bananas to the Kabwohe market in Uganda’s Sheema district. Four times a day, the duo make the 6-mile journey to transport the green bananas, known locally as “matoke,” from their garden in Masheruka to the market, and each of them earns about 70,000 Ugandan shillings ($18.76) per trip.
Medad Kamukama harvests ripe coffee beans at his home garden in Uganda’s Sheema district. The beans turn from green to red when they are ready to harvest, which is usually from May to August. Kamukama gets 5,000 Ugandan shillings ($1.33) per kilogram (2.2 pounds) of clean and dried coffee, and his crop is then exported to the European Union.
Shadrack Byukusenge, 8, draws water from the Sebeya River in Rugerero, a sector in Rwanda’s northwestern Rubavu district. After heavy rains blocked the pipes that carry water to his village of Rushubi, Shadrack walked 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) to retrieve water from the river.