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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Making A Living

It’s a cold nippy Wednesday morning – a holiday. At 6.15, the Meadowbank Wharf is buzzing with sellers and buyers of fish.

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.Located on Drysdale and Lombard Streets, the small shop offers customers a variety of plumbing, farming and household items made from galvalume or galvanised sheets.

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

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

Making a living

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

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

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

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.” Fifty-nine-year old Bruce Berbner, known as ‘Hot Dog Man’ or ‘Senor,’ says he took up the job while he was living in Venezuela, and when he returned to Guyana in 1995 he continued hot-dog vending and has been loving it ever since.

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.

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.