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.

In the Kyrgyz Republic, women constitute a mere 23 percent of members of parliament, falling seven percent short of the mandated quota for women on electoral lists. While political parties do manage to meet the 30 percent minimum quota for their candidate lists, women are often placed in either unlikely positions for election, or party lists are changed after the elections have taken place, ensuring that fewer women are elected.


In early 2014, the USAID Reading Together Project developed the National Basic Reading Requirements. In April 2014, USAID conducted an Elementary Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) in 130 schools in the Kyrgyz Republic. EGRA results showed that only 26% of teachers use effective and innovative methods of teaching reading. It was also found that only 10% of Grade 1 & 2 students and 1% in Grade 4 meet the country’s National Basic Reading Requirements. These findings are troubling, particularly because poor reading skills negatively influence student success in all other school subjects and considerably limit their ability to obtain new knowledge.

Joy*, 49, lived a basic, comfortable life in the remote, rolling hills of Ormoc City in the central Philippine islands. She and her husband made coconut wine and sold two barrels a week to support their family.

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.

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. 


Last updated: October 24, 2013