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Children in Gadhhali, a remote village in West Bengal where the fishing families benefit from microfinance through the self-help group movement.
(Sudipto Das) 1 of 26
FIRST PLACE: Magic of Microfinance
India

Photo by Sudipto Das

Children in Gadhhali, a remote village in West Bengal where the fishing families benefit from microfinance through the self-help group movement.

Photo by Sudipto Das. Children in Gadhhali, a remote village in West Bengal where the fishing families benefit from microfinance through the self-help group.
Making a living tailoring and ironing clothes.
(Gautam Daw) 2 of 26
SECOND PLACE: Iron Man
India

Photo by Gautam Daw

A man in Old Delhi that makes a living by tailoring and ironing clothes.

Photo by Gautam Daw. A man in Old Delhi that makes a living by tailoring and ironing clothes.
Van pullers often carry huge loads.
(Mohammad Rakibul Hasan ) 3 of 26
THIRD PLACE: The Transporter
Bangladesh

Photo by Mohammad Rakibul Hasan

Van puller carries a huge load while walking in Old Town, Dhaka.

Photo by Mohammad Rakibul Hasan. Van puller carries a huge load while walking in Old Town, Dhaka.
Paritosh Barui is an artist who got a loan from a rural bank to set up his business making wooden idols and puppets. He now earns enough to sustain his family and look after his parents.
(Arup Ghosh) 4 of 26
Artist
India

Photo by Arup Ghosh

Paritosh Barui is an artist who got a loan from a rural bank to set up his business making wooden idols. He now earns enough to sustain his family.

Photo by Arup Ghosh. Paritosh Barui is an artist who got a loan from a rural bank to set up his business making wooden idols.
Stitching cloth in Kolkata.
(Sourav Karmakar) 5 of 26
The Family Business
India

Photo by Sourav Karmakar

A man stitching cloth in Kolkata as an onlooker crouches next to him.

Photo by Sourav Karmakar. A man stitching cloth in Kolkata as an onlooker crouches next to him.
Bhola, a rickshaw puller, bought a van rickshaw using a microfinance loan he got from one of the local rural banks.
(Kallol Sen) 6 of 26
School Bus
India

Photo by Kallol Sen

Bhola, a rickshaw puller, bought a van rickshaw using a microfinance loan he got from one of the local rural banks. 

Photo by Kallol Sen. Bhola, a rickshaw puller, bought a van rickshaw using a microfinance loan he got from one of the local rural banks.
Porters working at a wholesale market in Kolkata, West Bengal.
(Subhrajit Basu) 7 of 26
Porters
India

Photo by Subhrajit Basu

Porters working at a wholesale market in Kolkata, West Bengal.

Photo by Subhrajit Basu. Porters working at a wholesale market in Kolkata, West Bengal.
A fisherman casting his net at Digha Beach in West Bengal.
(Subhrajit Basu) 8 of 26
The Cloud Hunter
India

Photo by Subhrajit Basu

A fisherman casting his net at Digha Beach in West Bengal.

Photo by Subhrajit Basu. A fisherman casting his net at Digha Beach in West Bengal.
In Tajin, Mexico, the Totonac people are taking advantage of the window of economic opportunity opened up by tourism, creating crafts with palm leaves.
(Victor Rebollo) 9 of 26
Indigenous Economy
Mexico

Photo by Victor Rebollo

In Tajin, Mexico, the Totonac people are taking advantage of the window of economic opportunity opened up by tourism, creating crafts with palm leaves.

Photo by Victor Rebollo. In Tajin, Mexico, the Totonac people are taking advantage of the window of economic opportunity opened up by tourism.
In the streets of Dhaka this money changer changes old and torn notes for new ones.
(Mohammad Moniruzzaman) 10 of 26
Street Money Changer
Bangladesh

Photo by Mohammad Moniruzzaman

In the streets of Dhaka, this money changer changes old and torn notes for new ones.

Photo by Mohammad Moniruzzaman. In the streets of Dhaka, this money changer changes old and torn notes for new ones.
Chandan Karmakar, a potter, shapes an earthen pot at his workshop in Kolkata, India. Chandan has just got a bank loan to restart his family business,
(Sudipto Das) 11 of 26
Potter
India

Photo by Sudipto Das

Chandan Karmakar shapes an earthen pot at his workshop in Kolkata, India. Chandan has just got a bank loan to restart his family business. 

Photo by Sudipto Das. Chandan Karmakar shapes an earthen pot at his workshop in Kolkata, India. Chandan has just got a bank loan to restart his family business.
Shantaru Mondal runs an innovative STD/ISD booth on his bicycle in Puri, Orissa. He received a loan from the local co-operative bank to support the business.
(Sudipto Das) 12 of 26
Connecting India
India

Photo by Sudipto Das

Shantaru Mondal runs an innovative STD/ISD booth on his bicycle through a loan he received from a local co-operative bank to support the business.

Photo by Sudipto Das. Shantaru Mondal runs an innovative STD/ISD booth on his bicycle through a loan he received from a local co-operative bank.
A girl in Dhaka sitting with her loom.
(Kamal Pasha) 13 of 26
Golden Dream
Bangladesh

Photo by Kamal Pasha

A girl in Dhaka sitting with her loom. 

Photo by Kamal Pasha. A girl in Dhaka sitting with her loom.
The Cai Be floating market is a kaleidoscope of people buying and selling. This entrepreneur sells soup in ceramic bowls.
(Jordan Engel) 14 of 26
Floating Soup
Vietnam

Photo by Jordan Engel

The Cai Be floating market is a kaleidoscope of people buying and selling. This entrepreneur sells soup in ceramic bowls.

Photo by Jordan Engel. The Cai Be floating market is a kaleidoscope of people buying and selling. This entrepreneur sells soup in ceramic bowls.
A farmhand lays out queso fresco only minutes old in Pampas, Peru.
(Jordan Engel) 15 of 26
Queso Fresco
Peru

Photo by Jordan Engel

A farmhand lays out queso fresco only minutes old in Pampas, Peru.

Photo by Jordan Engel. A farmhand lays out queso fresco only minutes old in Pampas, Peru.
An indigenous Mro woman spins yarn from natural fiber to make blankets to sell in the local market
(Sumon Yusuf) 16 of 26
Indigenous Woman Spinning
Bangladesh

Photo by Sumon Yusuf

An indigenous Mro woman spins yarn from natural fiber to make blankets to sell in the local market. 

Photo by Sumon Yusuf. An indigenous Mro woman spins yarn from natural fiber to make blankets to sell in the local market.
Elen helped her son make lanterns from bamboo sticks and colored paper. The idea got her started on making lanterns which she added to her vending business.
(Dionisio Salvador) 17 of 26
Lantern of Hope
Philippines

Photo by Dionisio Salvador

Elen helps her son make lanterns from bamboo sticks and colored paper. The idea got her started on making lanterns which she added to her vending business.

Photo by Dionisio Salvador. Elen helps her son make lanterns from bamboo sticks and colored paper.
A village woman works on a marigold flower field in Khirai in East Midnapore.
(Rajib Singha) 18 of 26
Flowery Job
India

Photo by Rajib Singha

A village woman works on a marigold flower field in Khirai in East Midnapore.

Photo by Rajib Singha. A village woman works on a marigold flower field in Khirai in East Midnapore.
A man finishes his stonework in Kolkata, West Bengal.
(Sourav Karmakar) 19 of 26
Creator

Photo by Sourav Karmakar

A man finishes his stonework in Kolkata, West Bengal. 

Photo by Sourav Karmakar. A man finishes his stonework in Kolkata, West Bengal.
Rickshaw driving is the second largest occupation after farming in the country. Ninety percent of the rickshaw drivers do not own their own vehicles.
(Mohammad Sazzad Hossain) 20 of 26
Speed
Bangladesh

Photo by Mohammad Sazzad Hossain

Rickshaw driving is the second largest occupation after farming in the country. Ninety percent of the rickshaw drivers do not own their own vehicles.

Photo by Mohammad Sazzad Hossain. Rickshaw driving is the second largest occupation after farming in the country.
I found this boy making bags in a market at Pushkar, Rajasthan. He works 10 hours a day, six days a week, and earns $40 a month.
(Partha Pal) 21 of 26
The Bag Maker
India

Photo by Partha Pal

This boys makes bags in a market at Pushkar, Rajasthan. He works 10 hours a day, six days a week, and earns $40 a month.

Photo by Partha Pal. This boys makes bags in a market at Pushkar, Rajasthan. He works 10 hours a day, six days a week, and earns $40 a month.
A craftswoman weaving at her market stall, in front of her there is a curtain of colorful beads.
(David Lupera) 22 of 26
Entre mullo
Ecuador

Photo by David Lupera

A craftswoman weaving at her market stall, in front of her there is a curtain of colorful beads.

Photo by David Lupera. A craftswoman weaving at her market stall, in front of her there is a curtain of colorful beads.
Zahid Pramanik is a cattle dealer that collects cows from rural farmers and sells them in Dhaka.
(Abdul Aziz) 23 of 26
Cattle Transport
Bangladesh

Photo by Abdul Aziz

Zahid Pramanik is a cattle dealer that collects cows from rural farmers and sells them in Dhaka.

Photo by Abdul Aziz. Zahid Pramanik is a cattle dealer that collects cows from rural farmers and sells them in Dhaka.
Taking a nap with her child, this smoked fish vendor works double time.
(Arnold Jumpay) 24 of 26
Break Time
Philippines

Photo by Arnold Jumpay

Taking a nap with her child, this smoked fish vendor works double time.

Photo by Arnold Jumpay. Taking a nap with her child, this smoked fish vendor works double time.
A grandmother works at painting globes as her grandson looks on.
(Supriya Biswas) 25 of 26
Global Industry
India

Photo by Supriya Biswas

A grandmother works at painting globes as her grandson looks on.

Photo by Supriya Biswas. A grandmother works at painting globes as her grandson looks on.
Hurricane-devastated clients in Haiti return home after receiving food relief and interest-free loans.
(Ben Depp) 26 of 26
Hurricane Relief
Haiti

Photo by Ben Depp

Hurricane-devastated clients in Haiti return home after receiving food relief and interest-free loans. 

Photo by Ben Depp. Hurricane-devastated clients in Haiti return home after receiving food relief and interest-free loans.
  • Children in Gadhhali, a remote village in West Bengal where the fishing families benefit from microfinance through the self-help group movement.
  • Making a living tailoring and ironing clothes.
  • Van pullers often carry huge loads.
  • Paritosh Barui is an artist who got a loan from a rural bank to set up his business making wooden idols and puppets. He now earns enough to sustain his family and look after his parents.
  • Stitching cloth in Kolkata.
  • Bhola, a rickshaw puller, bought a van rickshaw using a microfinance loan he got from one of the local rural banks.
  • Porters working at a wholesale market in Kolkata, West Bengal.
  • A fisherman casting his net at Digha Beach in West Bengal.
  • In Tajin, Mexico, the Totonac people are taking advantage of the window of economic opportunity opened up by tourism, creating crafts with palm leaves.
  • In the streets of Dhaka this money changer changes old and torn notes for new ones.
  • Chandan Karmakar, a potter, shapes an earthen pot at his workshop in Kolkata, India. Chandan has just got a bank loan to restart his family business,
  • Shantaru Mondal runs an innovative STD/ISD booth on his bicycle in Puri, Orissa. He received a loan from the local co-operative bank to support the business.
  • A girl in Dhaka sitting with her loom.
  • The Cai Be floating market is a kaleidoscope of people buying and selling. This entrepreneur sells soup in ceramic bowls.
  • A farmhand lays out queso fresco only minutes old in Pampas, Peru.
  • An indigenous Mro woman spins yarn from natural fiber to make blankets to sell in the local market
  • Elen helped her son make lanterns from bamboo sticks and colored paper. The idea got her started on making lanterns which she added to her vending business.
  • A village woman works on a marigold flower field in Khirai in East Midnapore.
  • A man finishes his stonework in Kolkata, West Bengal.
  • Rickshaw driving is the second largest occupation after farming in the country. Ninety percent of the rickshaw drivers do not own their own vehicles.
  • I found this boy making bags in a market at Pushkar, Rajasthan. He works 10 hours a day, six days a week, and earns $40 a month.
  • A craftswoman weaving at her market stall, in front of her there is a curtain of colorful beads.
  • Zahid Pramanik is a cattle dealer that collects cows from rural farmers and sells them in Dhaka.
  • Taking a nap with her child, this smoked fish vendor works double time.
  • A grandmother works at painting globes as her grandson looks on.
  • Hurricane-devastated clients in Haiti return home after receiving food relief and interest-free loans.