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.

30 DECEMBER 2008 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
With the opening of the new Afghanistan Central Business Registry set up by Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI), with the assistance of USAID, business registration is now a one-stop process for all businesses wishing to register in Kabul, Afghanistan. 
 
30 DECEMBER 2008 | HANNOVER, GERMANY
 
USAID’s Afghanistan Small and Medium Enterprise Development project (ASMED) sponsored the participation of 30 Afghan carpet traders in Domotex, the premiere carpet and flooring trade show held every January in Hannover, Germany. The show was organized with the assistance of the Export Promotion Agency of Afghanistan.
 
30 DECEMBER 2008 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
The pomegranate is widely regarded as a ‘wonder fruit’ because of its scientifically proven health benefits. But to many farmers in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, the wonders of this fruit are measured by the economic future that it provides.
 
One such farmer, Mohammad, 50, explained that before pomegranates, he and his thirteen children lived in relative poverty farming grapes and opium poppies.
 
30 DECEMBER 2008 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Afghanistan has the world’s second highest maternal mortality ratio. Every 27-30 minutes a woman dies from causes related to pregnancy or childbirth.  Because this is such a grave health concern, USAID and the Government of the Islamic Republic Afghanistan are committed to training midwives across the country. In spring 2008, 115 community midwives graduated from midwifery education programs in five provinces, including Khost, Bamyan, Badakshan, Takhar and Jawzjan.
 
30 DECEMBER 2008 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Mrs. Semeen has lived in District # 7 of Kabul City all her life. She recalls the disputes neighbors had over land issues and tells the story of one neighbor killing another over a boundary wall. In addition to land disputes, she and her neighbors also lack basic services such as water, power and garbage pickup, and risk eviction or demolition of their property at any time because they do not fall within the city’s urban plan.
 
30 DECEMBER 2008 | KAJAKI DAM, HILMAND, AFGHANISTAN
 
A convoy of 4,000 coalition troops spent one week fighting off insurgent attacks to clear the way for the delivery of a powerful new turbine to the Kajaki Dam in southern Afghanistan on September 2, 2008. 
 
30 DECEMBER 2008 | WADISAR VILLAGE, NANGARHAR
 
Two livestock trainers from the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) have helped build relationships with community members by offering a one-month Livestock Management training course for 40 farmers in the isolated Wadisar village of Nangarhar province.
 
30 DECEMBER 2008 | TAGAB, KAPISA PROVINCE
 
In November of 2007, USAID began working directly in the heart of conflict in Afghanistan.  Tagab, located in Kapisa Province, is one of the country’s most underserved and insecure districts.  
 
30 DECEMBER 2008 | NANGARHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Mr. Almas-ullah, a 41-year old farmer in eastern Afghanistan, has been farming poppies since his childhood. Unhappy with growing the illegal crop, he decided he wanted to earn a legitimate living.  “Poppy farming did not significantly improve our lives. I didn’t have peace of mind and always felt guilty,” said Almas-ullah.
 

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Last updated: January 06, 2014