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.

Fisheries help fuel the Philippine economy. The country ranks eighth globally in fish production, but overfishing caused the fish population to decrease by 90 percent in the last five decades. Meanwhile, 40 percent of Filipino fishers live below the poverty line. Poor and vulnerable, feeding their families is a daily trial.

April 2015—Estefania Hernandez and Nairobi Castillo know to expect the worst when they visit a medical clinic. As members of transgender communities in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, they encounter health care providers who refer to them as “he”; who tell them to use the men’s bathroom; and who treat them with ridicule, scorn or even outright dismissal from the clinic.

Mwamba Nsebula is also a village headman in the Mporokoso district in Northern province, whose passion for helping students has only grown throughout his lifetime. In 1987, Nsebula began helping students in his village pay for their school tuition and, in 2012, he established a community literacy nsaka, or meeting place, which has now become a vibrant community literacy center.

La Vallée dite du Sofaniama Djimara est une source importante de revenus pour les populations vivant aux alentours. Elle abrite le seul cours d’eau de la zone qui prend sa source en Gambie, créant ainsi un lien entre les éleveurs de ce pays et leurs homologues sénégalais. La présence de ce cours d’eau entraîne malheureusement des conflits sur la gestion de la vallée et de ses ressources.

The Tsesna Astyk Group of Companies produces high-quality food products from domestic grain. USAID’s Regional Economic Cooperation Project (REC) has been working with Tsesna Astyk since 2012 to help the company meet international production standards.

Istogu, në pjesën veriperëndimore të Kosovës, është njëra prej komunave më periferike në vend. Për afro 40.000 banorët e këtij rajoni, të shpërndarë në qytet dhe 50 fshatrat që e rrethojnë, bujqësia dhe turizmi përbëjnë bazën e zhvillimit ekonomik.

Istok, na severozapadnom delu Kosova, je jedna od najzabačenijih opština u zemlji. Za oko 40.000 stanovnika ovog regiona rasprostrtih po gradu i njegovih 50 okolnih sela, poljoprivreda i turizam čine osnovu ekonomskog razvoja. 

Zivax Maxi, a family owned children’s wear manufacturer, is one of the many small enterprises in Moldova that have struggled to turn a profit. The company, founded in 2003, faced challenges in product quality, customer awareness and distribution.

ProdEco, a company that specializes in growing tomatoes, cucumbers, and sweet peppers in greenhouses in the town of Vladimirovca, in the Transnistrian region of Moldova, has tripled its total vegetable production over the past two years. But such success was not wholly predicted. It took exposure to the right elements to realize such marked gains

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Last updated: June 03, 2015