Dr. Mohammad Saleem treats Jamsheed Rasool at his private clinic in New Delhi, India. Saleem says he tries his best to help people in whichever way possible. Many of his patients, including Rasool, consider him a respected figure in the community and say that he doesn’t overcharge them for services and medicine.
Mayito Patrick, a sculptor, paints a finished sculpture of a goose at his workshop in Masaka, a city in southern Uganda. He displays work at the space, called Richiex Art Gallery, on a stage known as the Welcome Stage.
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.
Dem Sani Tamang balls wool using a handmade instrument called a charka, or a spinning wheel, in Kathmandu, Nepal. She gets paid 40 to 100 Nepalese rupees (35 to 85 cents) per kilo for the balled wool, which is later used to make carpets.
Vairavan Santhalingam (left) and his wife Santhalingam Leela watch their grandchildren in the courtyard of their house in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. They moved here to build a new life after being displaced by Sri Lanka’s civil war, which ended in 2009. More than eight people live together in the small property.
The Parish of San Juan Bautista, a Catholic temple located in Coyoacán, a municipality south of Mexico City, provides a silent and peaceful sanctuary in the midst of this loud and busy neighborhood. Constructed in the 16th century and designed in the Baroque style, it is open every day to both locals wishing to pray and to tourists.
Julie Mombi lies on the exam bed while nurse Jucain Malisawa inserts a birth control implant in her upper arm at Tropical health center located 5 kilometers (3 miles) away from Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Malisawa is part of an international organization called DKT, which provides family planning methods in clinics in several cities in DRC.
Javier Vélez displays his artisanal woodwork in at a public market known as Art Walk in Rincón, Puerto Rico. Artisans from Rincón and neighboring towns come every week to sell their wares or crops, since the town gets a lot of tourism. It is common to smell coffee and hear people speaking and enjoying the cheerful atmosphere.
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.
Parmeshwori Devi Mukhiya and her husband, Faltu Mukhiya, who are both blind, stand in front of their home in a settlement on the banks of the Bagmati Riverin Kathmandu, Nepal. They moved to Kathmandufrom Bandipur, about four hours away, looking for better employment opportunities.
Young schoolgirls put together a puzzle of various types of vehicles in Kampala, Uganda. They live together in the same neighborhood, Ntinda, and often play games like this together. The girls say that the next puzzle they intend to put together will feature wild animals.
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.
Mireya Blanco Martínez performs her solo accordion project, called Mirelle Acordeónika, for the first time in a secondhand bookstore in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico. The performance includes Romanian, Russian, French and Argentine pieces, as well as melodies that she learned for the pleasure of playing them. She has played the accordion for just five years.
Despite the rain, Dhani Ram Mahato picks up organic lemons that grow in his backyard to use in the kitchen in Amaltari, a village close to Nepal’s border with India. Most people in this area grow their own produce since the land is so fertile.
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.
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.
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.
Lucy Pérez Gómez (left) and Tex Andrés López Díaz perform at a celebration of the traditional music of Chamula, a municipality the city of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico. They are part of the Yajvalel Vinajel ensemble, which translates to “Lord of the Sky” in the Tsotsil language. The ensemble has been performing and raising awareness of this musical tradition for nearly 11 years.