Sarah Hungwe, 67, crochets a bag using old cassette tapes. As part of a project called Friendship Bench in Harare, Zimbabwe, people are taught to make bags from the tapes as a treatment for depression. Hungwe says she became depressed after her husband and daughter died within the same month in 1999. Friendship Bench has helped her to keep busy while earning income from making the bags, she says.
People with disabilities gather around a fire outside their previous residence, a Leonard Cheshire home for the disabled in Harare, Zimbabwe. They were evicted following a nearly 20-year dispute with the home’s administration that resulted in a Supreme Court case. The Leonard Cheshire Trust, a U.K.-based charity that operates such homes around the world, argued that the accommodation was supposed to be temporary, until the residents could live independently, but some of the 17 residents had been tenants for decades.
Members of the Jekenisheni Church drum, dance and sing at Chief Zimunya Traditional Court in 22 Miles, an area outside of Mutare, a city in Zimbabwe. The church members, known for colorful outfits and vibrant dance moves, were performing on April 20 at belated International Women’s Day celebrations organized by Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Women Affairs Gender and Community Development.
Kudzai Chomo, a clown, paints the face of Patience Nkomo at the annual Zimbabwe International Trade Fair in Bulawayo. This event, held April 25 to 29, promoted local and international businesses in Zimbabwe and featured many activities for families to enjoy.
In Harare, Zimbabwe, Paul Murombo, 33, makes cooking pots from aluminum scrap that he has removed from an old truck, while his son Elshamer Murombo, 28 months, eats. Murombo can make pots of any size, and most are sold to large institutions like schools or churches.
Brothers Chrispen Matsika, 39, and Alvin Matsika, 33, (right) create arts and crafts to sell in the city center of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second-largest municipality. The two have been making shoes, handbags, jewelry, hats and other items for more than 10 years.
Upenyu Maponde, 32, weaves a chair under some shade in Avondale, a suburb of Harare, Zimbabwe. Maponde, who has been weaving furniture for 10 years, sells his items on the side of the road. His complete four-seat couch sells for between $300 and $400.
A girl crosses a river using a sewer pipe as an improvised bridge on her way to school in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Children take this route to avoid the conventional path, which is much longer and often requires them to pay for public transport.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vehicles and pedestrians stand where the Mtshabezi River flooded across Gwanda-Bulawayo road in late January in Gwanda, Zimbabwe. The Gwanda-Bulawayo road is a major thoroughfare used by mine workers, but others, including schoolchildren, were also trapped on one side and unable to return home later that night.
A public dump site in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city, sits near lodges and shopping complexes in a commercial area. Health officials say such sites are a factor in current outbreaks of typhoid and cholera. Health Minister David Parirenyatwa noted in a January press release that insufficient waste collection services in the city, paired with inadequate water supply and poor response time to blocked sewers, were causing the outbreaks.
Bongani Ndlovu, left, digs holes while his brothers Themba Moyo, middle, and Silas Ndlovu, right, plant maize by dropping the seeds and using their feet to cover the hole with soil. The brothers’ field, pictured in January, is located in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second-largest city. People plant maize during the rainy season, which generally takes place between November and April, using naturally treated organic seed. Genetically-modified seeds aren’t allowed in Zimbabwe.
Ticharwa Shingirai positions a cue ball, aiming to hit a red ball into a corner pocket. Shingirai and his friends are known as “touts” for their work shooing passengers into public transport buses in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe. Here, they play billiards as they wait for another rush of commuters.
Leslie Moyo, a second-hand clothes seller who works along Park Street in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city, arranges his wares. Widespread unemployment has pushed people to launch temporary, open-air boutiques throughout the city.
Mercy Zveushe, 39 (foreground) and Brenda Munetsi, 26 (in blue shirt) fetch water from an open well in Southlea Park, a section of Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city. Some people who live in the settlement say they don’t have access to the tap water that elsewhere is provided by the Harare City Council. Many residents dig their own wells, but many of those wells dried up during a recent drought.
From left, Tecla Munyukwa, 39, Angeline Nyika, 32, and Willmar Marifandi, 38, sew bows and neckties in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital. The three women have been in the business of making ties for nine years. They say their work has helped them survive during Zimbabwe’s economic crisis.
Adelaide Mhlanga, left, and Peggy Masuku pose in their outfits for a competition showcasing the traditional clothes of the Ndebele people, the second-largest tribal community in Zimbabwe. Mhlanga wears traditionally beaded clothing, while Masuku wears an outfit made of seeds from the Mopani tree, which grows in Zimbabwe’s dry regions. The event was held at the Amagugu International Heritage Centre in Matobo district in southwestern Zimbabwe.
John Mwanza manually fills potholes in Mbare, one of the oldest suburbs in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city. Many roads in the city are in poor condition. Mwanza and others get donations from motorists to fill the potholes.
Nonhlanhla Mathe displays her art at a women-only exhibition called “Art on the Stoep” in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The exhibit, which was held in mid-September, featured nine local artists. Many of Mathe’s pieces showcase batik-style designs. Her work has been exhibited both in Zimbabwe and abroad.
In Zimbabwe, mental illness is considered a curse. Those suffering from mental illnesses are shunned, abandoned and forgotten by family. In one "insane asylum," mental health patients rely on each other and the medical staff for emotional support. Still, the hospital struggles to provide residents with adequate food, toiletries and clothing. Despite all these challenges, patients here say their faith in God gives them hope.