At La Victoire, a hair salon in Kirumba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dalmon Katembo Ndughuta cuts Devotte Katungu’s hair while Mumbere Jacques, 2, watches. Katembo Ndughuta uses homemade products to straighten customers’ hair.
Farouk Kasozi applies cement to a home in Nsumbi, a village in Uganda’s Wakiso district. Kasozi says that although construction work has continued after the three-month coronavirus lockdown, jobs are limited.
Gladys Matate, left, and Chipo Mandivengerei braid Tariro Nyashanu’s hair at her home in Harare, Zimbabwe. Mandivengerei says some clients do not feel safe in salons due to the coronavirus, so the pair have resorted to going where their clients feel safe. She adds that they always wear face masks to protect themselves and their clients.
José Ángel Tomas, 83, is a tailor in Guadalajara, the capital city of Mexico’s Jalisco state. He moved there on his own at the age of 12 to learn the trade. “Today, the fabric does not last long,” Ángel Tomas says. “Before, it lasted for many years. Now, they’re finished after being worn two or three times: They rip or lose their shape. Before, a suit was for one’s whole life. Not anymore.”
Seggujja David planes wood planks to make items like tables and stools in Kampala, Uganda. Due to the coronavirus, workplaces in Kampala were asked to limit the number of employees who come into work at the same time. Here, the six employees take turns in the workshop.
Viviana Alavés pours beeswax on a candle at her family’s shop in Teotitlán del Valle, a town in Mexico’s Oaxaca state. For residents of Teotitlán del Valle, marriage requires one of two things: asking for the bride’s hand before she leaves home or offering an apology for having taken her before asking. In either case, each aunt, uncle and parent of the groom must bring candles to the bride’s parents’ home. There, the bride’s parents will light each candle as a symbol of the good wishes and blessings the family bestows on the marriage, which will take place when the candles run out, approximately one year later.
Volonté Katembo, 15, washes a motorcycle in the vehicle washing area of Mbogho, a neighborhood in Kirumba, Democratic Republic of Congo. Since schools have been closed due to the coronavirus, some young people have used their free time to wash vehicles. They can earn between 1,000 and 1,500 Congolese francs (52 and 78 cents) for washing a motorcycle, 4,000 francs ($2) for washing a minibus and 9,500 francs (almost $5) for washing a commercial truck.
Fabián López installs a door in the hallway of a home in Tecámac, State of Mexico. He has offered his services to his neighbors since the coronavirus forced the blacksmith shop where he worked to close. In spite of the health emergency, he’s been able to find enough work to maintain an income.
Héctor Perdomo Encarnación sells masks on Avenida Juan Ponce de León, a main thoroughfare in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Before the coronavirus hit Puerto Rico and the government declared a curfew on March 15, Perdomo Encarnación worked in the construction industry. His work was halted to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Now he sells masks, which his friend makes, Monday through Friday in the San Juan communities of Santurce and Condado.
Juan José Gutiérrez Pinal, 47, makes kites at home to sell to neighbors in Mexico City, Mexico. He sells them every February and March, but since his construction job was suspended due to the coronavirus, he decided to sell the kites this June too.
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.