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.

4 APRIL 2011 | MAZAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
Home to some of the sweetest and juiciest varieties of pomegranates, grapes, and apricots, Afghanistan is promoting its natural riches to the world through trade shows in lucrative markets abroad.  Not only is it winning over international customers with its high-quality produce, Afghanistan is also grabbing top honors for its presentation.
4 APRIL 2011 | NANGARHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Women living in villages of Nangarhar Province have had limited access to justice systems, and minimal, if any, involvement in public decision-making processes.  However, this is beginning to change as a result of a range of elders networks that encourage male and female elders to discuss and improve local systems for alternative dispute resolution.
28 MARCH 2011 | KABUL PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Most Afghan farmers feed untreated straw to their livestock.  Because they cannot extract enough energy from the straw, this causes the animals to lose weight.  With Afghan women feeding their household every day, Dr. Zubeida Popal has an eager audience when she provides training to boost the nutritional value of fodder and increase livestock productivity during the winter months.
28 MARCH 2011 | HIRAT PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
28 MARCH 2011 | KANDAHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
For many young Afghan men, finding work that pays enough to support a family is a daunting challenge, especially if they don’t have education or technical skills.  Many have no choice but to seek work from anti-government elements in order to provide for their families.  However, USAID stabilization programs are giving thousands of Kandahari men another option.
28 MARCH 2011 | LAGHMAN PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
28 MARCH 2011 | LOGAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Afghanistan suffers from a shortage of fodder crops that is preventing the country’s farmers from realizing the full potential of their livestock and improving their livelihoods.  The solution may lie in the production of alfalfa which is widely recognized as an important crop for its resilience, yield, and use as high-protein and high-fiber feed for farm animals.

“The education loan has enabled me to pursue a university degree and took care of my concerns that there won’t be enough money to pay for the studies,” says 19-year-old Ayman Arymbekova, a student at the Academy of Tourism in Bishkek, where she is working towards a degree in tourism management. Arymbekova received this loan through the joint USAID and the Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank’s (KICB) Education Loan Program.

5 AUGUST 2011 | BADAKHSHAN, AFGHANISTAN
 

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Last updated: August 18, 2014