Livelihood | Bolivia

Photo Essay: Foods of the World


According to an estimate by the United Nations, more than 2 billion people worldwide — that’s 61 percent of the global population — work in the informal economy. Many make their living from preparing and vending foods and beverages. They work from their own homes, kiosks, roadside stands, mobile carts and makeshift shops of all kinds.

The restrictions on travel and gatherings brought about by the pandemic have taken a great toll on these people. It’s also created food shortages in many places. But out of necessity those who live in poverty learn to become resourceful, and many are finding ways to continue to practice their trade.

These photos highlight members of the Unbound community who are involved in some way in the food industry. Taken prior to the pandemic, the photos illustrate the importance and dignity of work that gives sustenance to others.