Morning rush hour.  Stress, intensity, focus.  Like anywhere.  Except here mostly for less than a dollar a day:

Morning Rush Hour - Madagascar - AntananarivoAnd replace briefcases with baskets.  What people carry to work, and how, tells us a lot about a place:

Carrying baskets on heads - morning market- Madagascar - Antananarivo

But even in a country whose GDP/capita ranks 218th, between Sierra Leone and Somalia, there are some people who slip below even this most tattered net:

Beggar sitting on ground - Madagascar - Antananarivo

yet also some people who manage to retain their sense of style:

Madagascar woman with bag on head

no matter what they have to carry around.