2015 CGAP Photo Contest

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(Sujan Sarkar) 1 of 27
Grand Prize: Paddy Cultivation
India

Photo by Sujan Sarkar

Rice is the staple food of West Bengal, India, and paddy cultivation plays a major role. Men, women and even children take part.

Photo by Sujan Sarkar Rice is the staple food of West Bengal, India, and paddy cultivation plays a major role. Men, women and even children take part.
(Liming Cao) 2 of 27
Second Place: Fishing with a Net
China
Photo by Liming Cao
 
Fishermen fish with nets early in the morning. They sell fish at the market to make a living.
Photo by Liming Cao Fishermen fish with nets early in the morning. They sell fish at the market to make a living.
(Pranab Basak) 3 of 27
Third Place: Hands for Freedom
India

Photo by Pranab Basak

A teen girl is helping her father in a potter’s village in Mankundu, West Bengal, India. Five years ago, they have started the pottery with a small loan from Co-operative Bank in their home. After making clay pots, they sell it in the local market of Chandanagar. It's a simple story of a potter’s life.

Photo by Pranab Basak A teen girl is helping her father in a potter’s village in Mankundu, West Bengal, India.
(Tatiana Sharapova) 4 of 27
Smallholders Families Prize: Work in Mountains
India

Photo by Tatiana Sharapova

Old Ladakhi women work in a mountain field. They grow vegetables to sell at a local market in Ladakh in northern India.

Photo by Tatiana Sharapova Old Ladakhi women work in a mountain field, growing vegetables to sell at a local market in Ladakh in northern India.
(Tatiana Sharapova) 5 of 27
Small Business Enterprises Prize: Sari Spider
India
Photo by Tatiana Sharapova 
 
An Indian man makes a traditional silk sari at the first floor of his small house in Varanasi.
Photo by Tatiana Sharapova An Indian man makes a traditional silk sari at the first floor of his small house in Varanasi.
(Prathamesh Vinod Ghadekar) 6 of 27
Women's Use of Financial Services: Creating the Creator
India

Photo by Prathamesh Vinod Ghadekar

This woman works in the backyard of her house creating idols of the Hindu God "Ganesh" as the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi nears. She procured a small loan from a local women's empowerment group, which is in turn financed by a bank under a government scheme. The whole family chips in to play their part in making the idols, with her husband playing a lead role. After the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, this family will get busy preparing idols of Hindu Goddess "Durga" for the festival Durga Puja 

Photo by Prathamesh Vinod Ghadekar This woman works in the back of her house, creating idols of the Hindu God "Ganesh" for the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi.
(Subrata Adkhikary) 7 of 27
Digital Finance Prize: Happy Vendor
India

Photo by Subrata Adkhikary

Although this woman comes from a remote village 50 km away to sell ginger and garlic in the city, she is always smiling. She and other street vendors have no permanent place to sell their goods but manage to find places to do so, like under a truck or a bridge.

Photo by Subrata Adkhikary Although this woman comes from a remote village 50 km away to sell ginger and garlic in the city, she is always smiling.
(David Martin Huamani Bedoya) 8 of 27
Latin America and Caribbean Prize: Eleuterio the Hairdresser
Peru

Photo by David Martin Huamani Bedoya

Eleuterio Arturo Leon Mejia, who is over 90 years old, has been dedicated to the profession of hairdresser since he was 25 years old. From his barber's chair, he has given style and elegance to several generations of his neighbors. He lives in Carhuaz (Ancash), Peru, together with his children and grandchildren, who are engaged in agriculture. With this small but appreciated business, he continues to contribute to his family.

Photo by David Martin Huamani Bedoya Eleuterio Arturo Leon Mejia, who is over 90 years old, has been dedicated to the profession of hairdresser since age 25.
(Bülent Suberk) 9 of 27
Eastern Europe and Central Asia Prize: Tomato
Turkey

Photo by Bülent Suberk

A peasant family in Bursa Aksu village, Turkey, makes tomato paste. 

Photo by Bülent Suberk A peasant family in Bursa Aksu village, Turkey, makes tomato paste.
(Evans Claire Onte) 10 of 27
Middle East and North Africa Prize: Eye for Detail
United Arab Emirates
Photo by Evans Claire Onte
 
This watch repair man makes a living by repairing watches in a small space in Bur Dubai.
Photo by Evans Claire Onte This watch repair man makes a living by repairing watches in a small space in Bur Dubai.
(Hailey Tucker) 11 of 27
Sub-Saharan African Prize: Farida's Maize Harvest
Tanzania

Photo by Hailey Tucker

Smallholder farmer Farida Balama harvests maize in Tanzania. Farida farms with her father Beatus to help provide for their family. Farida has more than 20 sibilings. Her father could not afford to educate her or her siblings of the same age group, but since receiving planting supplies on credit from One Acre Fund, his harvest yields have improved and they are able to enroll the younger children.

Photo by Hailey Tucker Smallholder farmer Farida Balama harvests maize in Tanzania. Farida farms with her father Beatus to help provide for their family.
(Goutam Daw) 12 of 27
South Asia Prize: Young Mother Making Wooden Doll
India

Photo by Goutam Daw

A young mother of a poor village family makes wooden dolls. 

Photo by Goutam Daw A young mother of a poor village family makes wooden dolls.
(Lê Minh Quốc) 13 of 27
East Asia and Pacific Prize: Overcoming Sandhill
Vietnam

Photo by Lê Minh Quốc

These workers pass through the dunes in the morning.

Photo by Lê Minh Quốc These workers pass through the dunes in the morning.
(Faisal Azim) 14 of 27
Finalist: Gravel Workmen
Bangladesh

Photo by Faisal Azim

A gravel-crushing workplace in Chittagong, Bangladesh remains full of dust and sand. Three gravel workmen are looking through the window glass at their working place. Under a master these workers have come to work here for six months. Afterward they will return home or move on to other work.

Photo by Faisal Azim Three gravel workmen are looking through the window glass at their workplace in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
(Giri Wijayanto) 15 of 27
Finalist: The Struggle Mother
Indonesia

Photo by Giri Wijayanto

A woman farmer plants seeds of chili while carrying her son. It has become the norm for women in villages in Indonesia to take on more farming as their husbands go to the cities for factory work. 

Photo by Giri Wijayanto A woman farmer plants seeds of chili while carrying her son.
(Do Hieu Liem) 16 of 27
Finalist: Morning
Vietnam

Photo by Do Hieu Liem

These fishermen make a living by catching shrimp and fish in coastal Nha Mat Bac Lieu (Vietnam). Small bank loans allow them to buy fishing nets.

Photo by Do Hieu Liem These fishermen make a living by catching shrimp and fish in coastal Nha Mat Bac Lieu (Vietnam).
(Liming Cao) 17 of 27
Finalist: Grazing in the Morning
China

Photo by Liming Cao

A herdsman family, with support through loans, bought thousands of sheep. They sell wool, goat's milk, and mutton to make a living. 

Photo by Liming Cao A herdsman family, with support through loans, bought thousands of sheep. They sell wool, goat's milk, and mutton to make a living.
(Loc Mai) 18 of 27
Finalist: For the Next Journey

Photo by Loc Mai

In a fishing village in Nhatran, Vietnam, these women are repairing fishnets for their husbands for the next journey to the ocean. 

Photo by Loc Mai In a fishing village in Nhatran, Vietnam, these women are repairing fishnets for their husbands for the next journey to the ocean.
(Luis Sanchez Davilla ) 19 of 27
Finalist: Volcanes
Ecuador

Photo by Luis Sanchez Davilla 

This woman is drying materials for Panama hats.

Photo by Luis Sanchez Davilla This woman is drying materials for Panama hats.
(M. Yousuf Tushar) 20 of 27
Finalist: Betel Nut
Bangladesh

Photo by M. Yousuf Tushar

A self-employed man prepares betel nut to sell in a local market in Teknaf, Bangladesh. He is overcoming unemployment by planting and harvesting the crop.

Photo by M. Yousuf Tushar A self-employed man prepares betel nut to sell in a local market in Teknaf, Bangladesh.
(Mohamed Kamal) 21 of 27
Finalist: Camel Market 2
Photo by Mohamed Kamal
 
Camel sellers enter a market in Egypt. 
Photo by Mohamed Kamal Camel sellers enter a market in Egypt.
(Mohammad Rakibul Hasan) 22 of 27
Finalist: The Worker
Bangladesh

Photo by Mohammad Rakibul Hasan

Asgar Mia works in a small re-rolling industry. Small industries are rapidly growing in Bangladesh and facilitating many job opportunities for unemployed people.

Photo by Mohammad Rakibul Hasan Asgar Mia works in a small re-rolling industry.
(Phuc Ngo Quang) 23 of 27
Finalist: Humans Pushing Xiep (Netting)
Vietnam

Photo by Phuc Ngo Quang

In the coastal town of Bac Lieu, Vietnam, these people earn a living by catching shrimp, crabs, and small fish. They work along the edge of the water with xiep, or netting attached to a bamboo frame, catching fish when the tide pulls away. It is very hard labor and the income is low.

Photo by Phuc Ngo Quang In the coastal town of Bac Lieu, Vietnam, these people earn a living by catching shrimp, crabs, and small fish.
(Rana Pandey) 24 of 27
Finalist: A Small Shop Window
India

Photo by Rana Pandey

A man looks out though a small window in his shop while a woman enters through an adjacent lane. The owner of the shop uses various services like electricity and telephone cables that let him run his shop and finance himself.

Photo by Rana Pandey A man looks out though a small window in his shop while a woman enters through an adjacent lane.
(Subhasis Sen) 25 of 27
Finalist: Iron Ribs
India

Photo by Subhasis Sen

A young boy and his father work in their shop bending iron.

Photo by Subhasis Sen A young boy and his father work in their shop bending iron.
(Tran Van Tuy) 26 of 27
Finalist: Duck Egg Collection
Vietnam

Photo by Tran Van Tuy

Duck breeding and egg harvesting is the main income for this family in Vietnam.

Photo by Tran Van Tuy Duck breeding and egg harvesting is the main income for this family in Vietnam.
(Supriya Biswas) 27 of 27
Finalist: An Old Lady Photographer
India
Photo by Supriya Biswas
 
An old lady photographer and her happy moods.
Photo by Supriya Biswas An old lady photographer and her happy moods.