Badi Tafaj, 20, threshes rye with her family near the village of Novosej, Albania. Tafaj says life in the village is very hard but leaving would be difficult for her since she feels a responsibility to help her parents.
A young girl peers out from behind a gate in Shishtavec, Albania.
An old building that used to be a hotel now houses a bar named Beshiroski in Shishtavec, Albania. The bar has been open since 1936.
Form left, Silva Draga, 14, Hakim Draga, 12, and Nivers Kingji, 14, hang out in Shishtavec, Albania. The boys live in England but were back visiting family in the village.
A young boy looks at a house that is now abandoned after its inhabitants moved away from the village of Shishtavec, Albania.
A man passes the afternoon watching music videos at Bar Beshiroski in Shishtavec, Albania.
From left, Besat Tafaj, 14, works on the farm with his parents Bayran Tafaj and Nadire Tafaj near the village of Novosej, Albania.
Boys play soccer near the only school in Novosej, Albania. The school also serves much of the surrounding area. In recent years many residents of the area have immigrated to the European Union and smaller village schools have closed.
A woman dries birch leaves for medicinal uses in Shishtavec, Albania. She is the only one in the family left in Shishtavec, as the rest of her family has immigrated to Germany.
Mali Tafaj, 23, works on the farm with his family near the village of Novosej, Albania. As his parents age Tafaj says he feels a sense of responsibility to step up and care for the family and has considered moving to the European Union to look for a more lucrative job. Although he went to college in Albania and has a degree, he has been unable to find work.
Badi Tafaj, 20, and her brother Besat Tafaj, 14, at their family's home in the village of Novosej, Albania.
A new road is being constructed between Kukes and villages like Shishtavec and Novosej so construction jobs are some of the few available other than agriculture in the rural area.