It’s easier than you think to hide in plain sight. To be everywhere and nowhere. To become so ingrained in the fabric of a city, an economy, a world, that you are both integral to a place, and on its fringes.
The informal workforce often falls into this “in between”– the woman selling mangoes on the side of the road; the domestic worker sweeping the drive with a quiet focus; the young man picking through yesterday’s garbage in the pre-dawn darkness, a clank of a can the only indicator of his presence.
While the lives of informal workers may differ depending on country, culture and profession, the ambitions and desires of these individuals are universal.