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.
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.
Sam Lugada and Kasim Musiige concentrate on a game of Omweso on Bugala Island in Uganda’s Kalangala District. The two play the traditional game, which is similar to mancala, on a rock believed to be carved by the island’s spirits hundreds of years ago.
Marie Isomela, Agate Limba and Fifi Asumani (left to right) use a traditional method to produce palm oil in the commune of Kisangani, about 4 kilometers (about 2.5 miles) from the city of the same name in Democratic Republic of Congo. They formed this team in 2004 to sell the product at the market.
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.
Stino Muhindo attaches a piece of old tire to the bottom of a shoe to create a new sole in Kirumba, Democratic Republic of Congo. Muhindo gathers old car tires from local garage owners and uses them to repair shoes in his shop, which is located in the city’s Buhimba neighborhood.
Mamisa Aendalase, 20, repairs home appliances at her workshop in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. She makes 80,000 to 160,000 Congolese francs ($50 to $100) a day repairing things like telephones, TV sets and other appliances.
Webster Msika waters his sugar bean field in Harare, Zimbabwe. Msika, an urban farmer who grows crops for his family and to sell to the community, needed to keep the plants watered to prevent them from being affected by erratic rain patterns. He says his yield this season will be less compared to when there rainfall is normal.
Primrose Masiyakurima (right) and other community members repair a broken borehole in Dora Ward 35, located in Zimbabwe’s Mutare District. This borehole provides water to 22 households and a school of 350 children. A few villagers are given equipment and trained as Village Pump Mechanics (VPMs), so they can repair broken boreholes themselves instead of waiting for district authorities.
Tapiwa Mubaiwa (left) and Tinotenda Zowa play a game of cards during their lunch break in the Milton Park neighborhood of Harare, Zimbabwe. The two work as gardeners and regularly play cards during breaks to unwind, laugh and relax.
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.
Members of the Association des Femmes Tresseuses, an association of female hair braiders, gather at Noguerra, a public space in the Makiso commune of Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. They use the space to braid and weave hair, since it is cheaper than renting space at a salon.