José Azcona stands in front of his shop in Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico. Azcona is a monero, someone who makes giant puppets for celebrations. All events in Oaxaca have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, putting Azcona and his fellow moneros temporarily out of work. “My puppets have just been here,” Azcona says. “They haven’t been able to go out onto the streets.”
Laadli Devi sells jewelry and other accessories at a night market in Khizarabad, a neighborhood in South Delhi, India. Night markets have become more common in Delhi during the coronavirus pandemic. Government officials have allowed small markets to operate in the evening to avoid daytime crowds.
Kanyere Denise, left, and Kavira Nzanzu make face masks at a tailor shop in the main shopping area of Kirumba, Democratic Republic of Congo. While health care workers have encouraged people to comply with measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, there have been few masks available. These seamstresses started making masks to help the local population, and each seamstress can make between 30 and 50 masks per day.
Herman Vázquez García, better known as Alibastik, sews wrestling masks in Chilpancingo, a city in Mexico’s Guerrero state. Vázquez has been wrestling for more than 40 years, but he slowed down toward the end of 2019 to prepare for his retirement from the ring. In addition to participating in the sport, he makes masks for wrestlers, a trade that today has become part of his economic sustenance. “This job doesn’t make me rich, but it does help me take care of necessary expenses,” Vázquez says.
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.
Joel Espinoza Román, 17, left, and Aída Lucero Hernández, 32, clean and paint the metal used to assemble a market stand in Mexico City, Mexico. The pair construct, maintain and disassemble stands throughout the city for people who operate the temporary markets during the day but need them taken down overnight.
Chantal Monter cuts Eduardo Chávez’s hair at her salon, Zynadeyu Barbería, in Tecámac, State of Mexico. Since the federal government has allowed some nonessential businesses to open, she decided to open back up and follow the suggested hygiene measures: She wears a face mask, uses antibacterial gel, allows no more than two people in at a time and only accepts clients by appointment.
Fidel Chapa Molina replaces tiles on the front of a clothing and shoe store in downtown Chilpancingo, a city in Guerrero, Mexico. For Chapa, isolating to avoid the coronavirus isn’t an option: He has to work daily to maintain his household. “If the coronavirus doesn’t kill us, hunger will,” Chapa says. “The government just says ‘stay home,’ but they don’t understand our needs.”
Nasanbayar Ser-Od, a public-utility employee in Darkhan-Uul province, paints the Swing Bridge in Darkhan, Mongolia. Normally, workers finish improvement projects before June 1 each year, in time for the local Mother and Children’s Day celebrations. This year, the celebration was canceled due to the coronavirus, but workers still completed the improvement projects.
Tsengel Tseveen, an employee at Mandalt Construction, replaces gym flooring at the Polytechnical College of Umnugovi province in southern Mongolia. Many institutions are making repairs while they’re closed due to the spread of the coronavirus.
Alicia Covarrubias, 73, has owned her market in Tecámac, a municipality in Mexico, for 40 years. She has never experienced anything like the coronavirus situation. She decided not to close her store because it is how she earns her living and opted instead to prevent infection by keeping people at a safe distance. She is worried because a neighbor recently died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. “It’s a difficult situation, but we have to take care of ourselves and keep going,” Covarrubias says.
Emilio Domínguez sells face masks at an intersection in San Jerónimo, a neighborhood in Mexico City. When the coronavirus started spreading in Mexico in late February, there was a shortage of masks for sale. But now there are vendors throughout the city, many of whom have taken up selling masks because they lost their jobs.
Turbat Batmunkh works at San Orgiu Co. Ltd., a recycling and manufacturing plant in Darkhan, a city in Mongolia’s Darkhan-Uul province. Turbat lost his hearing at the age of 5, and he has been saving money for the surgery needed to regain his hearing. Despite the threat of the coronavirus, Turbat continues to work daily, even on his days off.
Marcelo Rodríguez works at MEGA, a supermarket in San Jerónimo, a neighborhood in Mexico City. The supermarket has stayed open during the spread of the coronavirus in Mexico, but while the shelves are full of products, the aisles are empty of customers.
Sodnomsambuu Dagvadorj makes a traditional Mongolian boot at his home in Erdenebulgan, a district in northern Mongolia’s Arkhangai province. Sodnomsambuu and his wife, Altantuya Duvdan, have been making these traditional boots for 30 years, and they produce over 200 pairs of boots each year with the help of their two daughters and two sons-in-law. Sodnomsambuu says that although they have been able to continue making shoes during the coronavirus outbreak, sales have gone down drastically.
Stefania Hernández checks her phone and waits for customers at her family’s grocery store in Santa Teresita, a neighborhood in Guadalajara, Mexico. The family wears masks and offers hand sanitizer to customers, but even with the precautions, Hernandez says, their sales have gone down 50% since the coronavirus arrived in Mexico.
Hairdresser Joram Amis makes a clip-on hair weave using hair extensions in Zambia’s Mtendere township. Amis says fewer people visit his salon due to the coronavirus outbreak, but his reusable clip-on hair weaves are now in demand.
Lewis Mashonga, in the red jersey, and his friend, Kapalo Musonda, in the gray shirt, buy secondhand clothing in Lusaka’s city center. They will later resell the clothing for a higher price. Zambian Health Minister Dr. Chitalu Chilufya has warned that overcrowded markets can lead to the spread of the coronavirus. Mashonga says the risk of coronavirus transmission is the least of his problems because he cannot afford to be home without any income.
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.
Khatantuul Bat-Ochir sews cotton face masks to sell to pharmacies in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The Mongolian Ministry of Health recommends citizens wear face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. After facing a shortage of disposable masks, the government set standards for cotton masks, allowing seamstresses around the country to sew masks and supply them to pharmacies.