For millions of informal workers around the world – from street vendors and pieceworkers to domestic workers – access to healthcare can be a deadly and life-long struggle. WIEGO’s educational documentary examines the issues of health, particularly among women in South Africa, India, and Thailand. 


Lori McNulty
Georgia Street Media




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Informal workers from Durban, South Africa and Ahmedabad, India, and the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand.


Women especially are disadvantaged as they often put the health of their families above their own.


All photos ©Lori McNulty and shot on location.


Interviewing informal workers, healthcare experts and organizations devoted to change,the WIEGO video takes you deep inside the stories of the every day lives of workers and their often environments, often without access to safe drinking water and sanitary facilities.

The story on the ground

For Vuyokazi and so many others in South Africa, their work life puts extreme demands on their health. Mielie cookers (mielies) live in extreme smoke, and don’t have easy access to water.

Translations & languages

Each interview required translators on the ground, and then transcripts using dozens of translators capable of speaking diverse dialects. The English language final film was later produced in Spanish.

WIEGO International is devoted to share the challenges of poor women in the informal economy who often have limited access to healthcare, even when serious problems arise.

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