Primary school drum majorettes march through the city center in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The city, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary, began the festivities with this mini carnival, led by the Zimbabwe National Army band.
Carpenter Herbert Mubiru, 26, sands the wood he uses for his furniture business in the Bukoto township of Kampala, Uganda. Mubiru and four of his business partners received a loan through the Youth Livelihood Project, which is run by Uganda’s Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development in collaboration with the Kampala Capital City Authority. Through the program, young entrepreneurs can obtain loans to start a business.
Joshua Chigwida, also known as Sekuru Nehanda, gives his client, Admire Chimunyu, treatments for a backache at his stall in Harare’s city center in Zimbabwe. Chigwida has provided herbal medicine to his clients in the city center for over five years. His clients are often commuter omnibus drivers and conductors who operate close by.
Givean Thomu, who lost both his hands when he was five, paints a landscape for a client at his home in Harare, Zimbabwe. Thomu spent most of his childhood in children’s homes and now earns his living through his art, even though the current economic environment makes finding clients difficult. “People no longer value paintings but are more concerned about bringing food to their tables,” he says.
Gift Moyo throws a ceramic vase as part of his pottery studies at the Mzilikazi Arts and Crafts Centre in the Mzilikazi township of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The center, which opened in 1963, trains young adults in hands-on craftmanship skills like pottery, wood sculpting and fine art. Students sell their works to the public in their showroom.
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.
Thembelani Mandingaise, 15 (blue uniform), plays a clapping game with Vanessa Makawa, 8, as Sharon Mkonto, 6, watches in Kambuzuma, a high density suburb of Zimbabwe’s capital Harare. The three play to pass the time as they wait outside a feeding center called Faith Community Support Trust for their daily meal. Meals are donated by local non-profits and well-wishers.
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.
A man who is currently a prisoner in the Mutare Remand Prison performs a traditional dance called Muchongoyo during a stakeholder visit to the facility in Mutare, Zimbabwe. The performance is put on by a prison arts group called Manicaland School of Arts. They often showcase their traditional dance moves for stakeholder visits, as well as for the rest of the prison population.
Jackson Kamate, who was displaced from his home in North Kivu, harvests beans at his job as a day laborer in Komanda, Democratic Republic of Congo. Jackson is paid 1600 Congolese francs (nearly $1) a day to harvest and carry the beans to be threshed. Despite record harvests, it’s hard for farmers in this area to sell crops since transportation is so difficult.
Yemurai Kunaka, 6, plays with her doll that she named Vimbiso, meaning promise in the Shona language, in the high density neighborhood of Hopley Farm, Harare, Zimbabwe. The area lacks many requisite facilities such as schools, clinics and well-organized housing infrastructure. Like other children in the neighborhood, Yemurai goes to a local makeshift school and often plays on the roads or in her yard after school lets out.
Gloire, 8, holds a goat’s leash with Sifa, 10, (left) and Oscar, 4, (right) while they take the animals out to graze in Nyamiindo, a neighborhood of Kayna, Democratic Republic of Congo. Their legal guardian, Isabelle Kahambu Ngotsi (not pictured) taught them how to take the goats to graze. Kahambu Ngotsi, with help from Solidaritat Castelldefels Kasando, a group for children without parents, currently cares for 17 orphaned children.
Selmor Mtukudzi, daughter of Zimbabwean jazz musician Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, and the Black Spirits perform some of her father’s hits at Radio Park, in Zvishavane, Zimbabwe. Tuku, as he was known by fans, passed away early in 2019. Since his passing, Selmor has been touring locally and internationally with her sister to commemorate their father, donating the proceeds to his arts center in Norton, Zimbabwe.
Theresa Kazunga and her son Enock wash a carpet at Ngwenya Dam in the Misisi township in Lusaka, Zambia. “We don’t need to pay for water to wash our clothes [here],” says Kazunga. She says that getting water elsewhere usually costs one Zambian kwacha (8 cents) for three 20-liter (16-gallon) buckets – “Imagine how much it could cost if you are doing laundry.”
Mellisa Nkomo, 4, and her brother Themba Nkomo, 8, go on a boat ride at Luna Park, a section of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) in the city of Bulawayo’s Central Business District. There are various rides and activities for children during the fair, which exhibits the goods and services of domestic and international companies.
Mugisha Royane, 11, bounces a ball off his chest during a football practice warm-up routine in Kampala, Uganda. Royane, Kyeyune Elijah, 12 (grey shirt) and several other boys don’t yet have a team name, but they meet every Sunday to practice football. Each of them comes from different schools, but they say they have become good friends.
Lubale Bamafamu Idinda, a traditional healer, lights a pipe in his shrine in Jinja, Uganda, to begin a ceremony meant to evoke spirits and ancestors. As part of the ceremony, he also shakes regalia such as calabash and chants to start communication with them. Bamafamu’s shrine, like many others in the country, is located next to a place of historical importance – in this case, where European explorers first found the source of the Nile River.
Gadzikai Ngidzi makes a giraffe sculpture out of recycled wire from worn out tires, on Churchill Road in Harare, Zimbabwe. Ngidzi and his business partner, Josesph Mandirazi (back), have been making wire sculptures completely by hand since 2007. They sell their work for anywhere between 25 to 500 RTGS dollars (about $6 to $119), depending on the size of the piece.
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.
Fataki Saidi, a traditional healer, stands in the house where he consults with and treats patients in the Kabondo commune of Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Saidi uses natural medicinal plants to make herbal remedies and treat diseases.
Raymond Muzungu (black shirt), Christopher Matiza (red shirt) and others from Nyarowa village in Chimanimani District in Zimbabwe’s Manicaland Province, sit at a bridge that was partially destroyed by Cyclone Idai. Due to post-cyclone flooding, most schools have closed. Students like Raymond lost most of their school supplies, like books and uniforms, during the cyclone.