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.

USAID turned to the Provincial Reconstruction Team’s Malaysian contingent for help in address this concern. The Malaysians worked with USAID project managers to provide intensive training in first aid to 20 tour guides and all 17 park rangers at Band-e-Amir, Afghanistan’s first official national park and a premier tourist destination 86 kilometers west of Bamyan municipality.

Due to its insecurity and the presence of insurgent elements, Baghlan has become a priority province for USAID. One of the primary grievances in the region is the lack of economic opportunities for youth and the unemployed. To address this concern and create the opportunity for community-government cooperation, the community requested USAID funding for small business capacity-building training.

For a country that has endured endless war and lawlessness, Afghanistan is bound to have a few remaining rebels. One such rebel still roams the rugged terrain of Khost Province in eastern Afghanistan. At first glance, Bibi Hakmeena’s towering stature and dominating demeanor seem perfectly in balance against the powerful cascades of the jagged mountain landscape she calls home. But, it does not take long to realize that Bibi is no ordinary rebel.

For years, businessmen throughout Kandahar have lamented the poor condition of their sidewalks. For many businesses, foot traffic is the primary way to connect with customers. But if the shop entrance is mud and dirt, customers will not go in.

A USAID project is providing short-term jobs to around 400 women in the strategic southern province of Hilmand. The cash-for-work activities put women to work rehabilitating women‟s schools and parks, creating opportunities for much-needed household income that increases domestic stability.

Haji Abdul Qavie is a pomegranate farmer who owns three orchards in the Arghandab District of Kandahar Province. Every year, he harvests 2.5 tons of the fruit. In the last five years, the degraded condition of the road that passes near his orchards has reduced his opportunities to ship them to the market.

Road projects are part of USAID’s continued efforts to address priority grievances of communities in unstable areas with the aim of improving linkages between the communities and their local government.

Despite a drought, farmers enjoyed better-than-expected yields due to the high-quality seeds and fertilizers made possible by timely distribution of low-interest Agricultural Development Fund loans.

Manizha is a young woman who witnessed many injustices against women in her community in Kunduz Province. With a commitment to challenge these inequalities, she established the Afghan Women Association of Kunduz. After obtaining a USAID grant, she launched a campaign to promote gender advocacy, the elimination of violence against women, and educate communities about women‟s rights according to Islam.

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Last updated: January 12, 2015