Nambooze Vanesa, 5, blows on the fire that he and Semuguuma Shaban, 5, are using to prepare a dish known as tokotoko in Nsumbi village, in Uganda’s Wakiso district. Tokotoko is sometimes used as a game to teach children how to cook.
Manuel Gómez works every night selling tacos, hamburgers, hot dogs, quesadillas and other items from his mobile cart on Avenida Chapultepec, a major road in Guadalajara, Mexico. He says sales have been down between 70% and 80% over the last two months, leaving him more worried about the economic situation than about the coronavirus.
Joel Kamanzi, right, and Mukasa Arnold cut sugar cane to snack on in Nansana Kabumbi, a town in Uganda’s Wakiso district. The duo used to work for shops around town, but with nonessential businesses closed due to the spread of the coronavirus, they are now unemployed. Sugar cane is a cheap lunch and has enough sugars to keep them energized for the rest of the day.
Erika Martínez and Silverio Arango make bread to sell at the Mercado Alternativo Artesanal in Mazunte, a town in Mexico’s Oaxaca state. “The recipe is the same one we’ve been using since we started almost six years ago,” Arango says. “Except that we improved it by using sourdough instead of yeast.”
César Aceves makes chiles en nogada at his restaurant, Mesón de la Cofradía, in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico. The dish, which features stuffed poblano chiles and a walnut sauce, is offered during August and September because that’s when the ingredients are available.
Rosa Martínez, 45, sells fish on the streets of San Pedro Pochutla, a city in Mexico’s Oaxaca state. “We are selling less than normal,” says Martínez, a single mother. “Before, I used to come every day. Now I come to sell every other day, but I have to come and sell, so I can take care of my children.”
Erdenetsogt Davaajav cooks mutton shashlik, a dish of skewered and grilled cubes of meat, during Naadam, a national festival in Mongolia. During the festival, people visit the Central Stadium in Erdenet, a city in northern Mongolia, to watch wrestling, archery, anklebone shooting and horse racing. People also enjoy traditional foods, such as shashlik, airag (fermented mare’s milk) and khuushuur (a meat pastry or dumpling).
Ángel Nájera Herrera sells sweet bread from a cart in San Jerónimo, a neighborhood in Mexico City, Mexico. Nájera Herrera, 22, has sold bread, coffee and sandwiches from his cart for four years. He says his business has dropped off in recent weeks: On this day, he says, he only sold two coffees instead of the 40 or 50 he would usually sell before. The bread, however, is still popular.
Sharellie Vega passes ice cream to Juan Rivera, in black face mask, and Estefanie Figueras at Heladería Georgetti, an ice cream shop in Río Piedras, a neighborhood in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Until recently, customers couldn’t enter the shop due to the coronavirus, but the business stayed open by using a side gate as a service window.
Lemanuel Colón ties a lure to his fishing pole on Playa Bramadero, a beach in Mayagüez county, Puerto Rico. Colón says that because his class and work were canceled as a result of the coronavirus, he’s decided to learn something new with his friend, Josecarlo Rivera. “It’s our first time trying to fish, to learn something different,” Colón says. “We’re helping each other, giving each other a hand.”
Alma Soto stands in front of Tacos Lupe in Tecámac, in the State of Mexico. To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the taqueria has stopped allowing dine-in customers, made customers apply antibacterial gel at the entrance and required face masks. The shop also placed markers to indicate where people should wait for their orders, so they won’t stand too close together.
Yassin Kakooza, 21, fries tilapia in a mix of cassava flour at his stall in Kyadondo, a county in Uganda’s Wakiso district. He says that this method preserves the flavor and removes the smell of burnt oil, making the fish more appealing to customers and increasing his sales.
Eddie Cruz Rodríguez, 59, has been selling “granos,” a fried dish made of ground rice, water, salt, oil and a small piece of cheese, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, for the last 42 years. He inherited the business from his parents, Bartola Rodríguez Santana and Fausto Cruz, who founded a granos factory in 1950.
Miguel Ángel Xochicale chops vegetables for salsa early in the morning at a taco stand in Colonia Albert, Mexico City. The taco stand is open 24 hours a day and is located outside the Portales metro stop, which keeps customers coming at all hours.
Kashi Shah cleans and cuts a rohu fish from the Koshi River for customers at his shop in Dhumbarai, a neighborhood in Kathmandu, Nepal. Shah says his customers prefer this local fish, in addition to carp and jalkapur. He purchases them from a nearby vegetable market.
Ramesh Chand makes paan, a betel leaf combined with areca nut popular for its stimulant and psychoactive effects, at his market shop on Salma Paan Corner of Chandni Chowk in old Delhi, India. Chand learned how to make paan from his grandfather. He sells a sweet variety for 20 Indian rupees (29 cents) and a plain variety for 10 rupees (14 cents).
Juana Ceto (left to right), Francisca Terraza and Karina Cedillo study different types of coffee during a public coffee tasting at the Parque Central de Nebaj in Guatemala. The event is held at least three times a year as a part of Programa Conjunto "Desarrollo Rural Integral Ixil," a United Nations Development Program (UNDP) rural development project. Local people give advice and feedback to the producers before the coffee is exported.
Nanyonga Assumpta (left) and Mpirirwe Jackline strain a mixture of ghee (clarified butter), rock salt and tiny pieces of roasted meat to make eshabwe, a cream often served to the bride and groom during traditional marriage ceremonies in western Uganda. The cream must be made in a clean and quiet environment, so these women were hired to prepare it in a bedroom.
Christine Makiyi (left) runs to compete with Miriam Maremba to sell roasted corncobs, locally known as mealie cobs, to customers on a highway outside of Harare, Zimbabwe. Makiyi has sold mealie cobs on this spot for more than 10 years, and Maremba for seven years.
Adrián Guevara prepares a mango to sell from his fruit cart in San Cristóbal de las Casas, a city in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. Guevara has sold fruit from his cart for the past eight years, working from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.