I came across this great picture by Street View Photography Ethiopia as I was browsing through their Facebook page, and I was hit with nostalgia. Listros are shoeshine boys, usually very young. They use the trade to support their families and pay for schooling and different things. In a developing country like Ethiopia, the job is a source of revenue for the whole family.
Every morning, people can be seen getting dust and mud off of their shoes in the streets of Addis before starting their work. I used to have a regular Listro named Tamagn too, right in front of my office building. I would go to him as soon as I got off my taxi, and we would both smile upon seeing each other, me with relief about my soon to be clean shoes, he with what I assume was pleasure at a few extra Birr in his pockets.