Jeremiah Mutunga Mwema, 38, sells his goods at Nairobi’s Maasai Market, held every Tuesday along Kijabe Street. The market brings together African fashion traders. Mwema makes and decorates his own African wear and is the founder of Black Pride, a clothing business.
Musician Tariro ne Gitare (left) gives guitar lessons to students at St. Peter’s Secondary School Mbare in Harare, Zimbabwe. She started an initiative that offers free weekly lessons to nurture musical talent among students who had not had access to instruments.
Workers rebuild Durbar Square in the ancient Nepalese city of Bhaktapur, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The reconstruction effort began in February, nearly two years after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal in April 2015. Representatives from the Bhaktapur Municipality’s heritage department blame political instability for the delay.
In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ana Robledo fastens a crocheted version of a white handkerchief, the symbol of Madres de Plaza de Mayo, to a fence at the Plaza de Mayo, the city’s main public square. The words “nunca más” mean “never again.” Madres de Plaza de Mayo was formed by mothers of “los desaparecidos,” people who disappeared during the regime of President Jorge Rafael Videla, who ruled from 1976 to 1981. Many people in Argentina rallied to recognize the anniversary of the March 24, 1976, coup d’état that brought Videla to power.
A man dancing in the street wears the traditional costume of mask, sombrero and beads associated with the folk legend El Sombrerón during El Carnaval del Tancoy in the city of Las Rosas in Chiapas, Mexico. The annual festival marks the beginning of Lent. The carnival has its roots in ancient rituals in which indigenous people asked the gods for rain at the beginning of the harvest season.
Ilse Gómez (left), 19, and Fernanda Méndez, 20, juggle soccer balls for tips during red lights in Mexico City. The women perform one day a week for about four hours, making about 800 Mexican pesos ($40), which go toward their school expenses.
Walter Rabinal plays piano in a park in Sololá, a municipality in southwestern Guatemala, as part of the “El Viaje” project, which puts pianos in public places for anyone to use. The project aims to help Guatemalan communities take an interest in music, to promote harmony and unity.
Mirriam Zulu, an entrepreneur, makes waist beads and other beaded jewelry for women at the Mtendere Market in Lusaka, Zambia. Waist beads are used to detect weight gain, and other types of beaded jewelry can convey status or act as a form of intimate communication between husband and wife. Zulu’s business blends beading traditions with more modern necklaces and bracelets.
Boys and young men play video games at the Unique Barbershop in Harare, Zimbabwe, a barbershop and gaming center housed inside an old bus. The shop attracts five or six customers a day for haircuts and many others who come to play video games. Customers pay 10 cents for five minutes of playing time.
Carlos Pérez Méndez (left), 9, and Eliseo López Méndez, 10, are shoe shiners in San Cristóbal de las Casas, a major city in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state. The two boys, who are not related, charge 7 pesos (about 34 cents) per pair, and 10 pesos (about 49 cents) when a customer requests a special hue or tint. They estimate they shine as many as 15 pairs a day. The daily earnings contribute to their families’ household income. According to 2014 figures from local nonprofit Melel Xojobal, nearly 3,000 children in this city work on the streets.
Vendors Simon Phiri (left) and Amon Kabamba sell a variety of items before the start of the Zambia-Egypt football game during the Total U-20 Africa Cup of Nations, held at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka, Zambia. Vendors seized the opportunity to sell merchandise with Zambia’s national colors, including plastic trumpets commonly known as vuvuzelas. Zambia hosted the games from Feb. 26 through March 12.
The band Eddie y Los Grasosos plays for dancers at the monthly Noche de Museos, or Night of Museums, on the main patio at Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso in Mexico City. Before the concert, the museum screened the movie “Grease” to create a rock ’n’ roll atmosphere.
Protesters gathered in front of the Kathmandu office of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Wednesday to demand justice for people who suffered human rights abuses during Nepal’s 10-year civil war. The commission, created in 2014 for a two-year term, was in February extended for another year, but people who experienced human rights abuses worry the war criminals will never be called to account for their actions. Sabitri Shrestha, pictured, says a Maoist soldier killed her 32-year-old brother in 1998. When another brother reported that death, he, too, was shot dead in front of his young daughter, Rachana Shrestha, who later committed suicide when she was just 12 years old. Read more Global Press coverage on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission here.
Santana Alcázar Rodriguez prepares hundreds of tamales that she will sell door-to-door in San Cristóbal de las Casas, a city in the southern state of Chiapas, Mexico. Tamales, a traditional dish, vary by region. These tamales are made of corn and filled with marinated pork and local peppers.
People crowd around to get “thui,” the Tibetan word for blessed water, during the 15-day celebration of the Tibetan New Year, called the Gyalpo Losar, at the Boudhanath, a stupa, or shrine, in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital. The new year began on Feb. 27.
Wishes Mukungurutse, in the driver’s seat, prepares to transport customers in a decorated commuter bus in and around Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city. Commuter bus operators often decorate their vehicles to display their trademarks and attract customers.
Shoppers buy sun-dried fish and vegetables from local vendors in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-administered Kashmir. Sun-dried turnips, tomatoes, eggplants, gourds, green beans, red chilies and fish are considered Kashmir’s winter delicacies.
Protesters, led by the United Democratic Madhesi Front, fill a street in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city, on March 9. The protest arose after police killed four people at a March 6 pro-election rally in the country’s Saptari region that was disrupted by Madhesi activists. The Madhesi group, which led protests in 2015 and 2016 that blocked Nepal’s border with India, is calling for a nationwide strike on March 10 in response to the killings. The group is also demanding that the government cancel local elections scheduled for May 14 until the constitution is rewritten to provide additional government representation for the Madhesi area that lies along Nepal’s southern border with India.
Rowers from the participating counties within the Buganda Kingdom in Uganda race boats during the annual Royal Regatta on Lake Victoria. The tradition of boat racing among the kingdom’s residents has been around for centuries, local officials say, and it helps the community to celebrate its culture and to emphasize unity. This race took place in February.
Aggrey Daka, 85, (left) plays a traditional Zambian game known as “nsolo” with his friends at a shelter in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. Daka, who stays at the shelter, and his friends say that playing the game today reminds them of when they played as young men, in the “good old days.”
Rodolfo Arturo Gómez Lavarrios, 23, breakdances in a public park in Mexico City. Gómez Lavarrios, who goes by his b-boy, or breakdancing, name, Arfo, says it’s difficult to find places to dance in the capital. Sometimes it’s because the floor isn’t the right surface, while other times it’s because some people drive him and other breakdancers away. “Some people don’t know us, but they have a bad opinion [of us],” he says.
Magizh Madhi draws in the kolam style in front of her house in Palamedu, a village in India. The folk art is created with white rice flour, which is sometimes mixed with colored powder to draw geometric patterns around grids and dots. Kolam practitioners often create the art form before sunrise to bring prosperity to their homes. Before they begin, the artists clear the area with water, sweep it and then wax it with cow dung, which is believed to be an antiseptic.
Tinashe Mangwiro, an informal parking attendant, directs motorists to available parking bays in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city. Mangwiro says he earns between $5 and $10 per day in tips, a sum that supports his family.