On the road to recovery

  • Reena Begum worked as a domestic help in many households for a long time. But the outbreak of the coronavirus cut off her source of income. Now, she spends her days stripping labels off plastic bottles littered on the streets of Shahidnagar’s Ghorapatti area. Photo taken on Oct 3, 2020. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Reena Begum worked as a domestic help in many households for a long time. But the outbreak of the coronavirus cut off her source of income. Now, she spends her days stripping labels off plastic bottles littered on the streets of Shahidnagar’s Ghorapatti area. Photo taken on Oct 3, 2020. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Many of the women who are seen tearing off labels from plastic bottles in Shahidnagar's Ghorapatti area used to work as housemaids in before the pandemic. Photo taken on Oct 3, 2020.

    Many of the women who are seen tearing off labels from plastic bottles in Shahidnagar's Ghorapatti area used to work as housemaids in before the pandemic. Photo taken on Oct 3, 2020.

  • Women tear-off labels from plastic bottles from dawn to dusk. They put the bottles in different bags based on their colours. A bag full of bottles earns them Tk 50. Photo taken on Oct 3, 2020. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Women tear-off labels from plastic bottles from dawn to dusk. They put the bottles in different bags based on their colours. A bag full of bottles earns them Tk 50. Photo taken on Oct 3, 2020. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Kalpana Rani Das left Dhaka for her hometown when the pandemic broke out. But with no source of income back home, she had to return to the capital in search of work. She has been stripping the labels off discarded plastic bottles for a month. Photo taken on Oct 3, 2020. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Kalpana Rani Das left Dhaka for her hometown when the pandemic broke out. But with no source of income back home, she had to return to the capital in search of work. She has been stripping the labels off discarded plastic bottles for a month. Photo taken on Oct 3, 2020. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi