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.

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
 

 While the microfinance industry has proven its ability to bring financial services to the poor, one key obstacle to the sector’s growth is its own access to financing.

In 2005, Deutsche Bank established the Global Commercial Micro‐finance Consortium, known as the “Consortium,” to address this problem. By promoting the flow of capital from international investors and commercial banks in developing countries to micro‐finance institutions, financing for the sector could remain stable even as donor interest fluctuates.

1 MARCH 2011 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Afghanistan is making strides toward increasing the participation of women in the public sphere, especially in the justice sector.  Recently, one hundred females, all in their final year of studies in the Law and Shari’a faculties at Kabul University, attended a USAID-organized forum designed to encourage female law students to enroll in the upcoming Stage, the Supreme Court’s judicial training program the event.
 
1 MARCH 2011 | HILMAND PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Abdul Baqi comes from a long line of poppy farmers.  He learned poppy cultivation from his father and passed on the knowledge to his four sons.  It was the crop of choice for farmers in the southern Afghan province of Hilmand because it was easy to grow and profitable to sell.  But poppy farming has a dark side as Baqi discovered when all four of his sons began smoking opium.  They neglected their wives and children, and soon the farm began to suffer.
 

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Last updated: November 18, 2014