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.

26 APRIL 2011 | PAKTYA PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Children in Paktya Province face several significant challenges to getting an education.  Many schools in the province lack sufficient infrastructure and are forced to hold classes wherever space can be found, such as in private homes or even outdoors.  Often times, families cannot afford the costs associated with attending school, such as purchasing school supplies.  This lack of service delivery can have a destabilizing effect in Afghan communities.
23 APRIL 2011 | LAGHMAN PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Situated at the convergence of the Kabul and Alinghar rivers in Laghman Province, Qarghayi District has enjoyed a long tradition of agricultural productivity, supported by an extensive network of canals. However, decades of war left the canal system in a state of disrepair. Floods quickly eroded the canal walls and farmers in the area lost thousands of hectares of arable land, resulting in a shift to subsistence agriculture and a state of
enduring poverty.
 
23 APRIL 2011 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
Because of poor soil and arid growing conditions in the southern Afghan province, fertilizer is crucial for successful harvests. But quality fertilizer, when it can be found in local markets, is cost-prohibitive for most farmers.
 
Jalaludin is a farmer, not a scientist.  But he knows how to tell the difference between good fertilizer and cheap imitations.
 
23 APRIL 2011 | KANDAHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Maiwand is a farming community located in the northwestern part of Kandahar Province, in the area where opposition to the government and support for the Taliban has traditionally run deep.
23 APRIL 2011 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Like many other Afghan pomegranate farmers, Haji Wali Muhammad sold his pomegranates on the local market but did not receive a price that would make his Kandahar-based trading business sustainable.  He and other Afghan producers needed to increase the quality of their pomegranates through proper sorting, grading, and packing procedures and to find outside markets that would offer a competitive price for Afghanistan’s sweet and juicy pomegranates.
23 APRIL 2011 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Haji Malang used his welding skills to establish the Javid Afghan Thresher company six years ago and it has grown into the first large-scale manufacturer of wheat and rice threshers and farm trailers in Afghanistan.  The company, based in the eastern city of Jalalabad in Afghanistan, recently obtained a loan from the Agricultural Development Fund.
17 APRIL 2011 | KHOST, AFGHANISTAN
 
Shaikh Zayed University is located in the city of Khost in eastern Afghanistan.  Officially opened in 2008, the school has nine faculties and more than 3,000 students.  It is the only university in Afghanistan with a faculty in computer science.  Its journalism faculty operates a private radio station, and its medical students train at the government-run Khost Hospital.
 
17 APRIL 2011 | NANGARHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
17 APRIL 2011 | DUBAI, UAE
 
Afghanistan shared its sweetest treasures in cuisine and drink with thousands of international participants who attended the world’s largest annual trade show for the hospitality, food, and beverage industries.  Gulfood 2011 in Dubai featured 3,800 exhibitors, 81 international pavilions, and 55,000 buyers from 152 countries.

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Last updated: January 07, 2014