I am captivated by roadside stands.
Growing up in Canada, the most common stands I saw were run by five-year-olds, selling too-sugary lemonade in plastic cups.
Having travelled a bit since then, I've seen stands selling just about every imaginable thing--pots and pans, animals, buttons, blankets, food, clothing, furniture. Who needs a building to run a business when you can set up a tarp just about anywhere?
Even more than the stands, I love to see the faces behind them.
A woman with four children playing in the dirt beside her, setting out clothing.
An old man, too stiff to do anything else, selling fruit.
Some grow and sell their own products. Others buy and re-sell. All use these small roadside businesses to provide income for their families.
The following photos were taken in Madagascar: