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.

5 NOVEMBER 2010
 
Abdul Basir Hotak, the owner of the Afghan-Macau Cashmere and Leather Processing Company, is witnessing the birth of a vibrant industry that could make Afghanistan a world player in the production of luxury clothing items. 
 
“A revolution in the cashmere sector is happening in Afghanistan,” said Hotak, whose company exports up to 350 metric tons of cashmere annually to make high-quality sweaters, scarves, and other clothing. 
 
5 NOVEMBER 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
11 OCTOBER 2010 | HIRAT PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
11 OCTOBER 2010 | BALA BULUK DISTRICT, FARAH PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
When 19-year-old Adbul Manan of Bala Buluk District in Farah Province learned that his father had died as a result of accidental fire from international military forces, he made the difficult decision to drop out of school and become the breadwinner for his mother and three younger siblings.
 
“I was very disappointed that I had to leave school and it was difficult to earn money,” said Abdul.
 
11 OCTOBER 2010 | BALKH PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Haji Ghafoor is a farmer located in the Balkh canal irrigation system, where water allocation is done by farmers who take weekly turns irrigating their fields.  Each farmer is allotted a limited amount of time to access the canal in proportion to his landholdings.
 
11 OCTOBER 2010 | ZHARI DASHT, KANDAHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
11 OCTOBER 2010 | LOY KAREZ, AFGHANISTAN
 
An army tank is a formidable presence in the quiet village of Loy Karez in southern Afghanistan.  As its engine rumbles to a halt and the dust settles, children flock to the tank from nearby houses, giving the dismounting soldiers the thumbs-up.
 
“That’s a good sign,” says Major Joseph Roberts of the U.S. Army as his troops fan out across the street.  “Kids know when there’s trouble.  When you don’t see any kids, you start to worry.”
 
11 OCTOBER 2010 | ASADABAD, KUNAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Inamullah said that he did not know 72 bottles of liquor were stashed in his car.  The 25-year-old taxi driver charged with smuggling alcohol told judges that he observed boxes loaded into his vehicle, but he didn’t know what was in them.
 
11 OCTOBER 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 

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Last updated: January 07, 2014