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.
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.
Priscah Ndlovu, a nail artist, shapes Perfect Zinyemba’s new artificial nails in Zvishavane, Zimbabwe. For several weeks, salons in Zimbabwe were closed due to the coronavirus, but regulations have been relaxed across the country, allowing salons to reopen.
Shoppers line up outside a supermarket in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, in late March to do some last-minute shopping before lockdown. The Zimbabwean government has restricted nonessential movements nationwide until at least May 4, and the spread of the coronavirus has led to social distancing measures, like those seen in the line.
Trishias Manhivi, councilor for Zimbabwe’s Mhototi ward, washes her hands during a meeting of local leaders in rural Zvishavane. They discussed the new coronavirus, planned the way forward for their community – and busted myths: Information spread on WhatsApp had led some to believe their communities were immune from the virus.
Zivanai Bimha washes his hands at a temporary washing station in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Harare City Council, in partnership with local company Ecosure, installed the basins in busy parts of the capital to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Violet Muvandiri sprays disinfectant at a Market Square bus terminal in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Harare City Council says the city is disinfecting bus terminals as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus and to raise awareness of the seriousness of the disease and how to prevent it.
Kelvin Mafaro fits recycled rubber on a spare part at an industrial site in Harare, Zimbabwe. He says that he and his fellow workers noticed that there are few companies that specialize in making rubber for cars, buses and other machinery, so they took the opportunity to provide these services. They work in groups and share profits at the end of each week.
Abraham Moyo spray paints a scotch cart that was recently assembled at an industrial site in Harare, Zimbabwe. Even though he doesn’t own a shop at the site, he says his specialized spray painting services are required by several people who operate here. The site accommodates hundreds of informal craftsmen who provide a variety of services.
George Choto weaves a chair at a shopping center in Harare, Zimbabwe. He and his colleagues sell woven chair sets for 1320 Zimbabwean dollars (around $121). Choto says business has been slow because of the current economic situation, but he and his colleagues keep pushing because it is their only source of livelihood.
Constance Mharapara (front) and Asumta Mudanga (left) sing at Sunday mass at the Lady of the Wayside Parish in Harare, Zimbabwe. The voices of the choir, combined with drums beats and rattles, fill the church with a melodious vibe. Sunday worship here is led by a different choir each week.
Kudakwashe Jimu, 17, carefully threads a wire through beads to make an animal doll. He learned to make dolls like this from a relative, and now sells them from his stall at a market in Harare, Zimbabwe. He also makes key rings and Christmas decorations.
Anywhere Shoko, 13 (left), and Aleck Majamanda, 6, fly kites in the morning before they leave for school in Harare, Zimbabwe. They make the kites themselves, using plastic and grass straws to give them a firm shape.
McDonald Garaidenga trains with a boxing club at the Stodart Club Room in Harare, Zimbabwe. Classes here are provided free of charge, one of the reasons why Garaidenga says he has trained here for over a year.
Tafadzwa Rusambo (front) and Domic Sirika gather juice cans that they spread out on a tarred road for trucks to run over and flatten in Harare, Zimbabwe. The two sell the flattened cans to recycling companies in South Africa for a living.
Shamiso Chamwanyisa makes popcorn in a machine made of welded steel. Chamwanyisa, who works in a suburb of Mutare, Zimbabwe’s fourth largest city, says he can earn about 80 ZWL ($6) per day depending on the number of people who bring him corn to pop.
Students Solomon Chitakatira (left) and Ropafadzo Chadoka dance to celebrate a newly-constructed water borehole at Chigwedere Primary School in Zimbabwe’s Wedza district, 150 kilometers (90 miles) south of the capital, Harare. Before the borehole was made, the students had to take time out of lessons to fetch water from a nearby river.
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.
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.