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.

July 2014—Forests hold a wealth of biodiversity. Peru’s Amazon rainforest ranks third in the world for biodiversity, and is the basis for the survival of hundreds of native communities. In these communities, women are the gatekeepers of ancestral knowledge for the use of non-timber forest resources such as seeds and medicinal plants.

Going against the tide of politics and tradition in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), women parliamentarians have come together to form the country's first issues-based caucus, one that centers on common interests rather than party platforms. 
 
With USAID support, 22 women members of the House of Representatives of the Federation of BiH (FBiH), one of the country’s two governmental entities, united to form the caucus in early 2013. It was the first women’s caucus in the entire region.  
 

As part of an effort to make it simpler and more predictable to do business in Mozambique, the country recently revised regulations governing ad hoc public holidays, turning what was previously an economic drain into an economic opportunity.

Hiljade nastavnika osnovnih škola na Kosovu uče kako da efikasnije podučavaju svoje učenike i brzo utvrde da li oni absorbuju lekcije.

Mijëra mësimdhënës të shkollave fillore në Kosovë po mësojnë se si t’i udhëzojnë nxënësit e tyre në mënyrë më të efektshme dhe të përcaktojnë me shpejtësi nëse mësimet po kuptohen si duhet.

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, Afghan farmers in Zhari and Panjwayi districts in southern Kandahar province had been using local methods for leveling, plowing, irrigating and spreading seeds. They used animals to prepare their land for cultivation and spent days preparing a small piece of land for farming.

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.

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Last updated: February 03, 2016