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.

8 APRIL 2010 | MARJA, HILMAND PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Only a month after the end of Operation Moshtarak, newly appointed Marja District Governor Hajji Zaher has already held the first in a series of meetings with local elders on USAID’s Afghanistan Vouchers for Increased Production in Agriculture (AVIPA) Plus program, explaining the benefits and responsibilities that come with it.
 
8 MARCH 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Afghanistan suffers from one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world – currently, one in six women dies during childbirth.  To protect mothers and improve the health of their children, USAID is working with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health to rebuild the country’s midwifery workforce.  The national midwifery program prepares competent and qualified midwives to work in underserved areas across the country.
 
6 MARCH 2010 | FAYZABAD, BADAKHSHAN PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
A bus trip between Kabul and Fayzabad in Badakhshan, Afghanistan’s northernmost province, used to take at least two days.  Today, thanks to major road improvements, and a new bus, the travel time to this provincial capital has been reduced to less than 12 hours.
 
10 FEBRUARY 2010 | HANNOVER, GERMANY
 
For the third year in a row, Afghan carpet makers and dealers showcased their country’s best handmade carpets at Domotex, the world’s premier flooring trade show, held annually in Hannover, Germany.  With financial and logistical support from USAID, Afghanistan’s carpet sellers enjoyed their most successful trade event ever, recording $12,116,500 in sales – a 400 percent increase over the event sales of 2009. 
 
9 FEBRUARY 2010 | GHAZNI, AFGHANISTAN
 
Providing clean running water is an essential city service.  The U.S. Government  is assisting four provincial water supply departments in Afghanistan to improve their productivity and financial performance.  Ultimately, the departments will become self-sustaining commercial enterprises that can expand services and provide safe drinking water to Afghan citizens. 
 
9 FEBRUARY 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Stereotypes are fading fast in Afghanistan, where many women are occupying non-traditional positions that were long held by men.  At the USAID-funded Tarakhil Power Plant near Kabul, women are proving that they are every bit as qualified as men to contribute to the development of their country.
 
8 FEBRUARY 2010 | LAGHMAN PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Over the past 18 months, Sayed Mohammad, a fruit merchant from Gomen village in Laghman province, has transformed his business from a small, one-man fruit cart into a large fruit and juice stall with employees, and has become the primary supplier of watermelons to cart vendors in the area.  This expansion was made possible when Sayed Mohammad became a member of a Sharia-compliant, USAID-supported credit union.
 
8 FEBRUARY 2010 | MOSCOW, RUSSIA
 
Afghanistan produces many premium consumer products, including carpets, leather, fresh and dried fruits, handicrafts, gemstones, and marble.  After a long absence, these products are now reaching international markets, where they are recognized for their exceptional quality and value.  Russia is one of these markets, where a recent trade fair of Afghan products kicked off negotiations on sales estimated at $15 million.
 
7 FEBRUARY 2010 | JALALABAD, AFGHANISTAN
 
A new public-private partnership, called “Light Up Jalalabad,” is bridging the digital divide by bringing internet connectivity to educational institutions in one of Afghanistan’s eastern provinces.
 

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Last updated: January 06, 2014