Global Press Journal reporters carry their cameras as they work and live. The moments they capture highlight human connection across the globe.
Marie Isomela, Agate Limba and Fifi Asumani (left to right) use a traditional method to produce palm oil in the commune of Kisangani, about 4 kilometers (about 2.5 miles) from the city of the same name in Democratic Republic of Congo. They formed this team in 2004 to sell the product at the market.
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.
George Siviri, 18 (left), and Mbusa Kima, 17, wash motorcycles for a fee in a shallow pond in Komanda, Democratic Republic of Congo. They use the money they make to help pay for school tuition.
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.
Hannington Mulumba practices kicks during a kick boxing training session with his coach, Kato Isaac, at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.
Stino Muhindo attaches a piece of old tire to the bottom of a shoe to create a new sole in Kirumba, Democratic Republic of Congo. Muhindo gathers old car tires from local garage owners and uses them to repair shoes in his shop, which is located in the city’s Buhimba neighborhood.
Servious Moyo uses silver paint on iron bars that will be made into a fence gate in Zvishavane, Zimbabwe.
Kalangala District, Uganda
Frank Kabuuka repairs a fish net on Bugala Island in Uganda’s Kalangala District.
Bruce Tshuma, 10 (left), and Admire Dube, 9, make toy cars out of used milk and juice boxes in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. For the wheels, they use recycled plastic lids.
Buikwe District, Uganda
Ben Sempala, 11 (left to right), Derrick Mugenyi, 11, and Salim Ngobi, 10, carry sugarcane to sell at the market in Uganda’s Buikwe District.
Mamisa Aendalase, 20, repairs home appliances at her workshop in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. She makes 80,000 to 160,000 Congolese francs ($50 to $100) a day repairing things like telephones, TV sets and other appliances.
Titus Mpofu sings his favorite church hymn as he weaves a reed basket in Harare, Zimbabwe. Mpofu, who has been weaving baskets for 40 years, says singing helps him concentrate on his work.
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.
Hauna, Manicaland, Zimbabwe
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.
Members of the Association des Femmes Tresseuses, an association of female hair braiders, gather at Noguerra, a public space in the Makiso commune of Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. They use the space to braid and weave hair, since it is cheaper than renting space at a salon.
Joyce Gumunyu makes a bracelet out of leather, threads and beads at her roadside jewelry stand in Harare, Zimbabwe. “Most of my customers are tourists, they love this stuff,” says Gumunyu.
Divine Adowa, 20, repairs shoes in Makiso, a commune in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Adowa attributes her passion for shoemaking to her late father.
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.
Carpenter Herbert Mubiru, 26, sands the wood he uses for his furniture business in the Bukoto township of Kampala, Uganda. Mubiru and four of his business partners received a loan through the Youth Livelihood Project, which is run by Uganda’s Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development in collaboration with the Kampala Capital City Authority. Through the program, young entrepreneurs can obtain loans to start a business.
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.