This series documents ordinary people living in the extraordinary circumstances of extreme poverty in the rural communities of Malawi, Zambia and Togo. Each subject's environment is extraordinary in that they are expected to live on less than a couple of dollars a day. Many dressed up for the occasion of having their portrait taken, sometimes borrowing clothes from friends. Each is depicted with their favourite possession and shared why it is important to them.  

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  • Foyovo | Togo | digital photography | 60x40cm

    “My favourite possession is my machete and hoe because I can use them to work in the field to bring in the harvest.”

  • John & Miras | Malawi | digital photography | 60x40cm

    “My (John) favourite possession is my radio because it lets me know what is happening around the world. And my (Miras) favourite possession is my cups because I can use them to serve visitors.”

  • Alice | Malawi | digital photography | 60x40cm

    “My favourite possession is my bucket because I can use it to keep clean and healthy.”

  • Bridget | Malawi | digital photography | 60x40cm

    “My favourite possession is my pig because it will cover the cost of high school fees for my children.”

  • Esther | Malawi | digital photography | 60x40cm

    “My favourite possession is my radio because it lets me know what is happening around the world.”

  • Telesa | Zambia | digital photography | 60x40cm

    "My favourite possession is my pumpkins because I like to eat them and I can sell them to support my family."

  • Oline | Malawi | digital photography | 60x40cm

    "My favourite possession is my house because my husband is a builder and he built it for us."

  • Malian | Zambia | digital photography | 60x40cm

    “My favourite possession is my chair because it gives comfort to my visitors.”

  • Emmanuel | Zambia | digital photography | 60x40cm

    “My favourite possession is my hoe because it feeds me.”

  • Aaron | Zambia | digital photography | 60x40cm

    “My favourite possession is my bicycle because I can use it for transport from my village to the town and hospital.”

  • Memory | Zambia | digital photography | 60x40cm

    “My favourite possession is my mobile phone because it helps me communicate with my relatives.”

  • Bisani | Zambia | digital photography | 60x40cm

    “My favourite possession is my toy car because it helps me imagine what cars are like in town.”

  • Vitalina | Zambia | digital photography | 60x40cm

    “My favourite possession is my container of water because water is life.”

  • Zaline | Zambia | digital photography | 60x40cm

    “My favourite possession is my soya because it gives sustenance to my children and we can sell some to pay their school fees.”

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