Farouk Kasozi applies cement to a home in Nsumbi, a village in Uganda’s Wakiso district. Kasozi says that although construction work has continued after the three-month coronavirus lockdown, jobs are limited.
Mawe Mawe, a musician, rehearses outside his home in Kitukutwe, a neighborhood in Uganda’s Wakiso district. Since the coronavirus pandemic began, Mawe has turned to tailoring clothes to earn an income.
Jeremiah Gwate washes his hands at the gate to his homestead in Gungwe, a village in Zimbabwe’s Matabeleland South province. Gwate made the hand-washing station by wiring a plastic bottle to a stick, and he steps on the stick to tilt the bottle.
Otis Kembo installs solar panels at traffic lights in Mutare, Zimbabwe. This is the city’s second renewable energy project, after streetlights were installed last year to counter power cuts and ensure the safety of residents at night.
Gladys Matate, left, and Chipo Mandivengerei braid Tariro Nyashanu’s hair at her home in Harare, Zimbabwe. Mandivengerei says some clients do not feel safe in salons due to the coronavirus, so the pair have resorted to going where their clients feel safe. She adds that they always wear face masks to protect themselves and their clients.
Seggujja David planes wood planks to make items like tables and stools in Kampala, Uganda. Due to the coronavirus, workplaces in Kampala were asked to limit the number of employees who come into work at the same time. Here, the six employees take turns in the workshop.
Volonté Katembo, 15, washes a motorcycle in the vehicle washing area of Mbogho, a neighborhood in Kirumba, Democratic Republic of Congo. Since schools have been closed due to the coronavirus, some young people have used their free time to wash vehicles. They can earn between 1,000 and 1,500 Congolese francs (52 and 78 cents) for washing a motorcycle, 4,000 francs ($2) for washing a minibus and 9,500 francs (almost $5) for washing a commercial truck.
Tanatswa Mudzamiri, 12, attends an online Shona lesson with his class in Harare, Zimbabwe. Tanatswa is in seventh grade and set to take exams at the end of the year. Schools in Zimbabwe have not yet opened due to the coronavirus, and some schools have started conducting lessons virtually.
Jacques Katabei fixes the crossbeam of a hand-washing station with Aniceth Karasisi, left, and Samuel Malyabwana, right, at the Kavoza car park in Kirumba, Democratic Republic of Congo. As part of the fight against the coronavirus, international nongovernmental organization Medair funded the construction of hand-washing stations in various public places in Kirumba. Passengers and passersby can wash their hands at these stations to prevent infection.
Chaponda Banda harvests pumpkins from his field in Chinyunyu, a rural area near Lusaka, Zambia.Banda says he intended to sell his produce in Lusaka, but he’s scared of catching the coronavirus.The Ministry of Health is discouraging travel to mitigate the spread of the virus.
Bernard Nyatsuro fetches water from a borehole in Southlea Park, a neighborhood in Harare, Zimbabwe. He says he travels to the borehole daily because the area he lives in does not have a regular water supply. Nyatsuro says he’s scared of catching the coronavirus but has no option since he requires water.
Charmaine Mazambara, left, 7, and Nicole Urayai, 5, play a game with sand and water outside their home in Harare, Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is under an indefinite lockdown due to the coronavirus. With schools closed, children spend most of their time playing with friends.
Humphrey Mumba trains at Lusaka Golf Club in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. On April 24, President Edgar Chagwa Lungu said in his address to the nation that golf and tennis could be played despite the coronavirus since they are not contact sports.
Joel Kamanzi, right, and Mukasa Arnold cut sugar cane to snack on in Nansana Kabumbi, a town in Uganda’s Wakiso district. The duo used to work for shops around town, but with nonessential businesses closed due to the spread of the coronavirus, they are now unemployed. Sugar cane is a cheap lunch and has enough sugars to keep them energized for the rest of the day.
Bienvenu Lopata, 28, a fourth-year PhD student at the University of Kisangani, studies in Motumbe, a neighborhood in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Lopata’s classes have been suspended due to the coronavirus, so he spends his time studying the subjects he learned before the lockdown took effect.
Kanyere Denise, left, and Kavira Nzanzu make face masks at a tailor shop in the main shopping area of Kirumba, Democratic Republic of Congo. While health care workers have encouraged people to comply with measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, there have been few masks available. These seamstresses started making masks to help the local population, and each seamstress can make between 30 and 50 masks per day.
Nigel Sana, 16, digs a well in Harare, Zimbabwe. This neighborhood does not have access to city water, so residents rely on makeshift wells like this one. Sana is a student, but with many schools closed indefinitely due to the coronavirus, he is digging this well to earn extra income.
Brian Waniboth, behind the easel, and his nephew Brighten Jakisa paint outside Waniboth’s home in Uganda’s Wakiso district. They are painting prominent Ugandans, including Bobi Wine, to sell as the country heads toward a presidential election in 2021.
Regai Madzingo, carrying her son Joel Hwingwiri, weaves mats at her home in Harare, Zimbabwe. She used to sell vegetables in town, but she started to weave mats to survive during the coronavirus lockdown.