Workers' Lives

Workers' Lives is a series that profiles individual workers, putting a face to the realities of informal employment in different countries and contexts. These articles illuminate both working conditions and living environments, and how individual workers experience, first-hand, the impact of policies and organizing initiatives. 


Position is crucial to street vendors, who often set up shop near transport hubs to attract passing tradeSarah Heneck. Hopes Go Up in Smoke: A Migrant Street Trader in Durban, South Africa. WIEGO Workers' Lives No. 13

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Sewing the SeamsBronwen Dachs Muller. Sewing the Seams: Cape Town Homeworkers Pull Together as COVID-19 Halts Earnings. WIEGO Workers' Lives No. 12

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The art of recoveryLeslie Vryenhoek. The Art of Recovery: A Johannesburg Reclaimer's Story. WIEGO Workers' Lives No. 11

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A Migrant Domestic Worker in Cape Town, South AfricaBronwen Dachs Muller. Hungry: A Migrant Domestic Worker in Cape Town, South Africa. WIEGO Workers' Lives No. 10

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Romilla Chetty is a successful third-generation trader in Durban’s Warwick JunctionSarah Heneck. Undeterred in the Face of a Crisis: Profile of a Market Trader in Durban, South Africa. WIEGO Workers' Lives No. 9

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Waste picker Justina Kgoele makes her living on Johannesburg’s Marie Louise landfillJenny Grice. View from the Mountain: A South African Waste Picker's Uphill Battle during COVID-19. WIEGO Workers' Lives No. 8

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PUB_WL7_DevenishAnnie_LauraAlfers_2019Devenish, Annie and Laura Alfers. Bridges to Better Lives: SEWA's Community HealthWorkers. WIEGO Workers' Lives No. 7

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PUB_WL6_VryenhoekLeslie_2014Vryenhoek, Leslie. Gaining Ground: The Cooperative Life of a Smallholder in Uganda. WIEGO Workers' Lives No. 6

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PUB_WL5_CarreFrancoise_2014Carré, Françoise. Location, Location, Location: The Life of a Refugee Street Barber in Durban, South Africa. WIEGO Workers' Lives No. 5

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PUB_WL4_VryenhoekLeslie_2013Vryenhoek, Leslie. Small World, Big Goals: A Home-Based Garment Worker in Delhi. WIEGO Workers' Lives No. 4

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PUB_WL3_CastelBrancoRuth_2012Castel-Branco, Ruth. Organizing the Patience Industry: Profile of a Domestic Worker in Maputo, Mozambique. WIEGO Workers' Lives No. 3

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 PUB_WL2_VryenhoekLeslie_2012Vryenhoek, Leslie. Headstrong: Profile of a Headloader in Ahmedabad. WIEGO Workers' Lives No. 2

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PUB_WL1_deBritoDeia_2012de Brito, Deia. God Is My Alarm Clock: A Brazilian Waste Picker's Story. WIEGO Workers' Lives No. 1

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