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.

10 JANUARY 2011 | NANGARHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
In August 2008, USAID started to build a road connecting the communities of Wazir and Khadakhel in eastern Afghanistan.  After the construction began, USAID reached out to community members to design and implement a development project that would provide a sustainable source of income.  The community requested a soap factory.
 
10 DECEMBER 2009 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Mohammad Nabi, the owner of Sadaqat Wool Spinning Co., has almost tripled the number of women he employs to spin wool yarn in the past year.  His company’s rapid expansion stems from the introduction of foot-treadle spinning wheels – simple devices that date back seven centuries and are still proving their value today.
 
9 DECEMBER 2010 | NANGARHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
This new 2.6 kilometer road, built by a team of more than 100 local laborers, was a community initiative led by village elders with funding and training from the USAID Strategic Provincial Roads in Southern and Eastern Afghanistan project.
 
This road reduces the time it takes to get livestock and produce to market by providing easy access to the newly rehabilitated Durbaba to Shinwar Road.
 
7 DECEMBER 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Judges throughout Afghanistan, especially those in the outlying provinces, have historically received little support to enhance their knowledge of legal developments.  Their only option was often to base their decisions on superseded and irrelevant laws, or on customary and traditional laws.  Partly because the judges lacked education and training, Afghans in those districts and provinces came to rely heavily on the informal sector – shuras and jirgas – to resolve disputes.
 
7 DECEMBER 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Although 68 percent of Afghanistan’s population is under the age of 25, the youth in areas such as Shindand District of Hirat Province face a particularity volatile environment because local tribes act hostile toward central government authorities.  This has created a situation where youth face a severe lack of employment opportunities and do not feel able to engage the government to help address issues important to them.
 
30 NOVEMBER 2010 | TANA VILLAGE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Tana Village is located in Charbolak District 28km from the provincial capital of Balkh Province. As an insecure village, Tana has been a victim of insurgency and criminal activities for a long time. The insecurity has hampered social, economic, and educational development in the area and prevented
29 NOVEMBER 2010 | BAMYAN PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Located in central Afghanistan, Bamyan Province is largely agrarian and its residents rely on agriculture and animal husbandry to earn a living.  However, there are few economic opportunities in the province and many households live in poverty.  A lack of employment opportunities causes residents to either go abroad to seek other alternatives in order to earn a living.
 
29 NOVEMBER 2010 | OMAKAI VILLAGE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Residents of Omakai Village in Balkh Province have long suffered from a lack of social and economic development opportunities and access to basic services because of an absence of proper roads and transportation to the district center.  With local residents unable to travel, the village became host to a high level of insurgent activity, and the local government was unable to regain control of the area.
 
29 NOVEMBER 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
A recent annual survey ranks Afghanistan as one of the second most corrupt country in the world, with only Somalia ranking worse.  Despite this reputation, Afghan governmental officials are making efforts to reduce corruption.  This has included the Afghanistan Supreme Court establishing the country’s first Anti-Corruption Tribunal.
 

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Last updated: January 08, 2014