Girl with a farming tool and a doll in a rural village near Chugchilán, Ecuador. Many poor parents do not send their children to secondary school due to costs and children in school who are not able to contribute to family income. Of the children (ages 5 to 17) involved in child labor, 24.9% do not attend school. Statistics worsen with ethnicity and higher levels of education: 48% of indigenous adolescents do not attend secondary school in rural areas, and 37 to 40% do not attend secondary school in urban areas. However, overall social welfare statistics are improving and many attribute this to policy reform. In 2015, 22.5% of the nation lives below the poverty line. This is a drop of 10% since 2010.
A couple attend their shop in the outskirts of Oaxaca City, Mexico. In their 80s, they grew up, met and married in the same small town.
Many children are recruited to start practicing Muay Thai from as young as seven years old. As trainers, spectators and gamblers watch, they fight to win glory for their gym and prize money. For many children and their families, Muay Thai is often seen as an escape from poverty. Chiang Mai, Thailand.
During a parade after the inauguration of Bolivian President Evo Morales.
Bolivia has a indigenous population of 62% and Morales is regarded as the first native president. As the leader of the 'Movement for Socialism' party in Bolivia, Morales has worked to implement policies to reduce poverty and reject the influence of the United States. In 2014, Bolivia banned McDonalds.
Since his first term in 2006, Morales has been celebrated for his political recognition of indigenous people but criticised for his fascist style of ruling.
Woman and child in Quito, Ecuador.
A child in San Jose del Pacifico, Mexico. This small town in the mountains is famed for hallucinogenic mushrooms. While tourists enjoy psychedelics, this child's family earns their living making corn tortillas.
Man in a local bar near Trinidad, Cuba.
Richy Vischer before his Muay Thai fight. He is being fitted with a traditional Mongkon/Mongkol.
A pineapple vender takes advantage of a seven hour delay on a busy highway connecting the Amazon and the coast in Perú.
The road was blocked by debris that fell during heavy rain next to the small roadside town of Pucará. Throughout Perú, many roads collapsed or closed due to extreme weather during the rainy season in 2015.
Fishing is essential for survival for many locals in Belize. People spend days away from mainland, sleeping in tiny huts on small islets. This is to ensure they catch enough to justify the cost of the petrol spent traveling to their hunting spots.
Nestled beneath Mexico and beside Guatemala, Belize is the only country in Central America with English as the official language.
New York City.
Victory in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
A baby in Belize.
Man makes his living charging tourists for photos while he poses with a cigar and pictures of national revolutionary icon, Ernesto "Ché" Guevara.
In Cuba, salaries are fixed by the government and people are provided monthly goods rations. Working in tip-based tourism (taxi drivers, bicycle tour guides, hotel lobbyists) will often earn Cubans a higher income compared to that of a doctor or engineer.
The picture earned this gentleman 1CUP (1 US dollar).
Taken after a naked bike ride with over 100 participants. The event was organised to raise awareness and minimise road accidents involving bicycles in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Clown in a tuxedo, New York City.
Early morning at Mo Chit bus terminal in Bangkok, Thailand.
Many children are recruited to start practicing Muay Thai from as young as seven years old. As trainers, spectators and gamblers watch, they fight to win glory for their gym and prize money. For many children and their families, Muay Thai is often seen as an escape from poverty.
For many, a visit to Cuba can feel like a step back in time. Everywhere you look is an old-school American brand vehicle, ranging from Oldsmobile to Chevrolet, Buick to Ford.
This is due to a ban on car imports implemented when Fidel Castro took power in 1959. For over fifty years, Cubans bought, sold and repaired the same cars. Only officials, doctors and others with government connections or proof of foreign exchange income were allowed to purchase new imported cars.
Just over two years ago, the current President and brother of Fidel, Raúl Castro, lifted the ban and allowed all citizens the opportunity to buy imported cars. However, it is clear the large majority of Cubans do not have the means to purchase new vehicles.
A woman spends the afternoon preparing and swatting flies from her homemade cheese in the small village of Unión Hidalgo, Méxcio. She plans to sell her handcrafted product at the markets the following morning.