Transforming Lives

Every day, all over the world, USAID brings peace to those who endure violence, health to those who struggle with sickness, and prosperity to those who live in poverty. It is these individuals — these uncounted thousands of lives — that are the true measure of USAID’s successes and the true face of USAID's programs.

When Sania and Manizha Wafeq noticed that women in Kabul were becoming more fashion conscious and that they had more disposable income, the sisters set up a clothes company to cater to the trend.

Until recently, Arghistan—a district in the southern Afghan state of Kandahar that borders Pakistan—imported most of its vegetables from Pakistan and grew poppy instead. It was the only crop that would flourish without water or modern farming techniques, there being no water in Arghistan’s irrigation canals

In 2014, a very high vegetable and potato yield in the Rohatyn district of Ivano-Frankivsk oblast in Western Ukraine pleased the members of the Lypivsky cooperative. Higher yields, however, revealed the inadequacy of existing storage facilities, which are essential for enabling agricultural sales throughout the year, including during the winter months when prices are highest.

Qershor 2015 – Kur struktura e re e Gjyqësorit hyri në fuqi në Kosovë, në janar të vitit 2013, gjykatat fituan një model më efektiv për punën e tyre të ardhshme, mirëpo vazhduan të përballen me numrin e madh të lëndëve të grumbulluara që ishin lënë pazgjidhur nën sistemin e vjetër.  

Local and international entrepreneurship in Mozambique is currently stifled by confusing legal procedures, inconsistent bureaucracy, and corruption. The entire business registration process takes an average of more than six months. But a series of “how-to” guides for registering and running a business is now available to help entrepreneurs navigate the process

Jun 2015 – Kada je nova decentralizovana struktura sudskog sistema stupila na snagu na Kosovu u januaru 2013. godine, sudovi su dobili model koji je omogućavao efikasniji rad ali su uprkos tome nastavili da se suočavaju sa velikim brojem nagomilanih sudkih predmeta koji su ostali nerešeni za vreme starog sistema. 

Living with a disability often means facing discrimination, exclusion from mainstream society, and a formidable range of physical obstacles. For most of the more than 7 million Ethiopians living with disabilities, simply getting around usually requires assistance from family or friends, while earning a real income and having financial independence remain unattainable dreams.

In Afghanistan, a proliferation of mobile phones is dramatically changing how citizens across the country are communicating with one another. But for deaf Afghans, mobile phone usage is limited to SMS text messages—a particular challenge considering that less than one-third of the population is literate.

When Marya Azimi found that she was constantly having to turn away large orders for her handicrafts company, she decided she needed help to expand the business.


Last updated: August 31, 2015