From left, Narantsogt Gombosuren, Enkhmanlai Erdenebat and Bat-Erdene Narantsogt build a ger, or Mongolian yurt, at the Gombosuren family’s summer camp in Orkhon district, in northern Mongolia’s Bulgan province. Herder families lead nomadic lives in the countryside as they herd cattle to different seasonal camps throughout the year.
Mireille Busombolo, a 29-year-old housewife, cooks at her home in Kabondo, a commune in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. She wears a mask, even inside her own home, to protect against the spread of the coronavirus.
Peter Longmolo (left) and John Loiki sit together dressed in some of the typical fashions of the Karamoja region in northern Uganda. The walking stick Longmolo holds has a Ugandan kob antelope carved on the top, and both men wear black feathered hats. They say it’s part of their “swag,” or style.
Rhoda Zulu (from left), Edna Zambo and Ruth Zulu sell vegetables on the roadside outside Soweto Market in Lusaka, Zambia. Although street vending is banned, traders still take the risk, saying that renting a stall in the official market is too expensive and that business there is slow.
Since sales are slow, Guerline Fritz, a vegetable vendor at this market in Kenscoff, Haiti, takes a quick nap as she waits for customers to buy her produce. She says that protests and fuel shortages in the country have deterred customers from coming out to buy lately.
In an attempt to hide their goods from police and city officials, vendors throw merchandise into the Nakivubo River in Kampala, Uganda. Since street vending is illegal here, shopkeepers say it’s the only way to save their businesses from being confiscated.
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.
For the last 14 years, Oralia de la Cruz Domínguez, 35, pictured with her daughter Brenda, 1, has cultivated and sold plants in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico. Her stock includes interior and shade plants, and she also takes client requests to cultivate fruit and coffee plants.
Lokutu Longora carries a goat to sell at a market in Kotido district of Karamoja region. Bridal customs here often involve giving goats or sheep, which are considered forms of wealth, as part of a bride’s dowry. But if the husband passes away, that can put those assets in danger. Longora inherited his brother’s widow in 2017 through the practice of widow inheritance, which involves giving a widow to the deceased man’s relative to marry. In Uganda’s rural Karamoja region, the practice is sometimes viewed as a way to care for women who have lost their husbands. But it’s also a way to protect a family’s land and wealth.
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.
Radha Chaudhary and Pyeari Chaudhary clean the floor of their home in Belwabajja, a community in Nepal’s Bardiya District, with a mixture of mud and cow dung. It is believed to purify the home, in addition to killing bacteria and repelling mosquitoes.
Ghasari B.k, 55 (red shirt), stands with her husband Balaram B.k, 61, and their five-year-old grandson Binod B.k in front of their home in Girighat, an area in Nepal’s Surket District. Flooding in 2015 brought many people to temporary camps in the area.
Nakibuuka Doreen (left to right) stands with her daughter Atuhaire Racheal, 11, and Racheal’s friend Nantongo Brenda, 7, in front of a partially built restaurant in the Bwaise neighborhood of Uganda’s capital, Kampala. Nakibuuka has been running her restaurant business here for the last four months.
Jean de Dieu Wasuku, 4, carries an empty jerry can to a nearby spring in the Kachuya neighborhood of Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Wasuku walks about one kilometer (.62 miles) to the spring early every morning. His mother meets him afterward to help carry the can home once it’s filled.
Anashe, 11 (right), and other children play on the rubble of demolished houses in Seke 2, a neighborhood in the high-density dormitory town of Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe. The homes were torn down after a decade-long court battle over ownership.
Thuli Tamang, 80, washes dishes and tends to her small vegetable garden outside her home on the bank of the Bagmati River in Thapathali, Nepal. Tamang and her daughter moved to the area after her husband died. The community is made up of people squatting on government land, most of whom don’t have their own lands and have come from other parts of Nepal to find daily wage work.
Jean Matulu, 10, goes fishing in a canoe on the right bank of the Tshopo River in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Jean practices fishing every day after school, hoping to catch even bigger fish to sell.
Yvonne Kwaedza (from left), Grace Chikata and Rudo Moyana wash their dishes and clothes under a bridge at the Mazowe River at Hamilton Farm, near the town of Glendale, Zimbabwe. The women live in farming communities that do not have a water supply, so they turn to the river when they need to wash their clothes.
Friends Sawaney Buda (left), 75, and Sunakhari Budha, 77, sit in the sun and roll woolen, or yarn made by carding wool, outside their home in Birendranagar, a city in Nepal’s Surkhet District. The two women learned to knit woolen sweaters when they lived in the Jumla District, one of the coldest places in Nepal’s northern Karnali Province.
Jolly Natuha collects rainwater in jugs, buckets and jerricans at her home in Nsumbi village, in Uganda’s Wakiso District. During the rainy season, Busingye and other Nsumbi residents depend on rainwater to save money on piped water.