Making a Living

Merlene Ellis – artist

Merlene Ellis – artist

Making a living

Merlene Ellis has lived art all her life and while this is not an easy profession to follow in Guyana she would tell you that for over 12 years it has been her only means of income .

Chetwin Moriah:  Antenna-maker

Chetwin Moriah: Antenna-maker

Thirty-eight year old antenna maker Chetwin Moriah has been making antennas for the past 20 years .

Newspaper vendor Jennifer Gulliver

Newspaper vendor Jennifer Gulliver

—on Christmas Day

For the last 15 years Christmas Day has found 49-year-old Jennifer Gulliver pounding the streets of Georgetown selling newspapers .

Upholsterer: Winifred Watson

Upholsterer: Winifred Watson

Upholstery is traditionally seen as a man’s work, but single mother of five Winifred Watson who lives in Stanley-town, West Bank Demerara, does it along with some amount of joinery to provide for her family .

Puri  man

Puri man

From as early as 4 am, 56-year-old dhal puri maker Tony Favourite is at work at his 4585 Roxanne Burnham Gardens home, kneading an estimated 50 pounds of flour, which will give him 400 dhal puris .

Bicycle repairer

Bicycle repairer

On a hot, lazy afternoon, Ian Jackson sits outside a bicycle shop, working away on a broken cycle chain .

Glass-cutter

Glass-cutter

Twelve years ago, when Joe Pierre was just 13 years old, his mother died, leaving him with no alternative but to leave school and assist his father with providing for himself and siblings .

Coconut oil maker

Coconut oil maker

In the Essequibo River island of Wakenaam, Ram converts coconut milk to oil in a process that takes days .

Passport holder vendor

Passport holder vendor

Every day, five days a week, 40-year-old Carey Gill can be found opposite the Central Immigration Office, Eve Leary, selling passport holders .

Pineapple vendor

Pineapple vendor

It is 6am on a Monday morning and Kenrick Josiah is busy behind his pineapple stall at Robb and Wellington Streets .

Calabash carver

Calabash carver

Early on a Monday morning, seated on the pavement in front of Guyana Stores Limited, Daniel Ramiah is already at work patiently sculpting images on calabashes .

Craft maker

Craft maker

Deonarine Ramsook, 55, of Belvedere, Corentyne enjoyed being creative from a young age, not realizing that he would later develop his skill and earn a living from it .

Curing fish

Curing fish

Making a living

Curing fish is not just a means of making a living for the Deodat family, it is a family tradition that has been passed down for several generations .

Broom-seller

Broom-seller

Making a living

Come rain or shine, Trevlin Pilgrim can be found on the road with a broom in hand and a bundle on her head .

Fish cleaner

Fish cleaner

Making A Living

It’s a cold nippy Wednesday morning – a holiday .

Small manufacturers

Small manufacturers

Making a living

At Davson and Davson Port Plaza Store making household items is not just a job, it’s a family trade that has survived from generation to generation .

Wooden shutter maker

Wooden shutter maker

Making a Living

Located at 72 John Street and Stone Avenue, Campbellville, is Major’s Woodworking, a little workshop that specialises in the making of wooden shutters .

Shoe repairer

Shoe repairer

Making a living

“It’s a slow dollar but it’s better than working with people and it keeps me out of trouble,” says Keith Stanley, a 45-year-old man who repairs shoes and umbrellas .

Boat-builder

Boat-builder

Making a living

Satrohan Sookdeo of Sookdeo’s Fishing and Boat Building began building boats at the age of 15 .

Sno-cone vendor

Sno-cone vendor

Making a living

“I’m one of the rated sno-cone men pun me park,” says sno-cone vendor Ulan Joseph .

Sanitation worker

Sanitation worker

Making a living

Sanitation worker by day and security guard by night, Donna Lewis says she does what has to be done because she has “obligations” to fulfil .

Hot-dog vendor

Hot-dog vendor

Making a living

“As long as God give me help and strength I’m gonna ride my bike,” were the words of a hot dog vendor who has been plying his trade for 15 years; “I like it .

Cane-juice sellers

Cane-juice sellers

MAKING A LIVING

On a hot sunny day nothing beats the heat like a bottle of cold refreshing sugarcane juice supplied by Abby Hall and Roy DeFlorimonte .

Making A Living – Tombstone maker

Making A Living – Tombstone maker

Making A Living

Wallace Murray has been making tombstones for over 20 years .

Kowsilla Takechand

Kowsilla Takechand

Making a living

In Mon Repos, at the junction where Agriculture Road meets the Railway Embankment, behind a makeshift stall with cherries and a few cashews, sits Kowsilla Takechand .

Patiently selling crabs

Patiently selling crabs

Making a Living

After difficulties with farming made it unprofitable, Bharrat (only name given) and his friend Desmond Sookram decided to become crab vendors in order to make a living .

Plantain chips seller

Plantain chips seller

As the rains pour, eighty-three year old Ramdeo Janki shelters under her umbrella and waits for her next customer to come .

Claville Thomas:  Black-pudding maker

Claville Thomas: Black-pudding maker

“Pudding! Come get your pudding!” Claville Thomas calls out to persons as they pass her on the road .

Hector Headley:  Knife sharpener

Hector Headley: Knife sharpener

At a stall in Bourda Market, a well-dressed man with head bowed stands at a grinding stone, passing a knife’s blade over it .

Gordon Critchlow: sign painter

Gordon Critchlow: sign painter

Mid-morning Gordon Critchlow sits in a little room surrounded by paint tins; his only source of light is the open door .



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