Gunaseelan Santhini, left, and Tharumaraja Suhanthini plant onion seedlings in a garden in Kondavil, a suburb north of the Sri Lankan city of Jaffna. For over seven years, they have planted onions to improve their family income. They earn 700 Sri Lankan rupees ($3.77) daily.
Veerakathi Navaraththinam wraps cucumbers in palmyra leaves at his garden in Uduvil, a village near Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Farmers harvest cucumbers from March to August and place them in these leaves for sale.
From left, Navaneethan Yavinsan, 11, Anandarasa Anandavisahan, 11, Sinharasa Siyanth, 17, and Chandran Kisanth, 12, fly a homemade kite in Karaikal, a village in Jaffna district, Sri Lanka. They say that since evening classes were canceled due to the coronavirus, they spend their leisure time flying kites.
Kanthasamy Satheeskaran, left, and Nadarasa Pratheepan, right, sell vegetables in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan government has imposed a strict lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but Satheeskaran and Pratheepan were given permission by local officials to sell vegetables door to door.
Epanesan Niviya stitches face masks to sell in Kondavil, Jaffna. Nivya works as a seamstress, but the curfew imposed by the Sri Lankan government due to the coronavirus has halted her normal business. Nivya says she sews 30 to 40 face masks per day and sells them for 100 Sri Lankan rupees (53 cents) each.
Vairan Neelam climbs a palmyra tree to obtain toddy, the sap from the tree, in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. People who do this work must obtain licenses in order to be able to sell the toddy. Neelam has been extracting and selling toddy for the past eight years.
Worshippers celebrate the Theertha festival at Savalappidy Kanthaswamy Murugan Temple in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. The ritual occurring in the temple pond is performed for Hindu deity Murugan by the temple’s priests, in order to bring protection for the people and their village.
Vairavan Santhalingam (left) and his wife Santhalingam Leela watch their grandchildren in the courtyard of their house in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. They moved here to build a new life after being displaced by Sri Lanka’s civil war, which ended in 2009. More than eight people live together in the small property.
Kathiramalai Vellaiyamma weeds grass and plucks vegetables in her small home garden in Vavuniya, a city in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province. She makes her living selling the produce after returning from a refugee camp in India, where she fled during Sri Lanka’s civil war.
Trainers at a clay pottery training center in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, paint clay statues of Subramania Bharathiyar, a Tamil poet and political leader, and Mahatma Gandhi to be sold at shops. They say that these items are popular with tourists.
Appaiah Rasikumar makes furniture in his shop in Kodikamam, a small town on Sri Lanka’s northern coast. He earns about 3,000 to 4,000 Sri Lankan rupees ($17 to $22) per day selling tables, chairs and cupboards, which he says is enough for him to lead a happy life.
Thirunavukarasu Ambalavanar, 75, examines the palms of two women who came to him for predictions about their futures at the Selva Sannithi Murugan temple, a Hindu temple in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Ambalavanar, an astrologer, has been offering this service for 29 years.
Justin Pathinathan welds metal in his workshop in Adampan, a town in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province. Although Pathinathan has been a welder for 22 years, he worries that the job could affect his eyesight poorly.
Manjula Swarnapali, a portrait artist, uses a cellphone photo as a reference for his latest work in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Swarnapali lives in Kandy, a city in central Sri Lanka, but travels around the country to practice and sell his art.
Johnson Arun, 15, plays football with other neighborhood children near the beach in Gurunagar, a village in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. The children, who live in a residential area nearby, play football here every evening after school has ended for the day.