Persistent Flames

Mohammed moved to Lima from Cairo five years ago in pursuit of love. In 2011, he started his latest food-related venture Tayepp, a food cart in San Miguel district that sells authentic shawarmas, still an oddity in Peru.

Caught in a never-ending stream of traffic and surrounded by a crowd of regulars and those curious to try this foreign dish, he works passionately alongside his immigrant crew. For them Tayepp is an intermediate step on their road to greater goals in Peru where they are united by faith, friendship and the success of their gastronomic enterprise.

I presented these photos as my final project for a third-year course in press photography at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in Lima. It was later featured by MakeShift Magazine as part of their Getting By series on entrepreneurs in the informal economy.