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.

13 OCTOBER 2009 | JALALABAD, AFGHANISTAN
 
Economic growth is dependent on firms and factories that improve current business practices.  With assistance from the U.S. Government, the Nangarhar Cotton Sellers’ Association recently opened a cotton pressing and cotton rag recycling facility in Jalalabad to improve cotton production and transport.  The factory has stimulated regional economic growth, increased employment, generated income, and provided incentives for further investment in the cotton sector. 
 
13 OCTOBER 2009 | GUNBAZ BALOCHA, BADAKHSHAN, AFGHANISTAN
 
Gunbaz Balocha village is located in remote Badakhshan province along the Kishim-Fayzabad Road.  USAID is currently reconstructing the entire 103-km road, along with its bridges and drainage structures.  Roads such as Kishim-Fayzabad provide many social and economic benefits to residents – and road construction brings jobs and prosperity to communities like Gunbaz Balocha.
 
13 OCTOBER 2009 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
A new cardboard box factory in Kandahar allows valuable Afghan exports to reach international markets undamaged.  Alleviating a significant export challenge, this production facility produces inexpensive, high-quality containers for shipping exports, such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and other perishable and/or fragile goods.  With support from USAID, the Dried Fruit Export Association began operation of the factory in September 2008. 
 
13 OCTOBER 2009 | JALALABAD, AFGHANISTAN
 
13 OCTOBER 2009 | NURISTAN, AFGHANISTAN
 

Like many Salvadoran family owned milk processing operations, Agroindustrias San Julián, S. A. de C. V. in Sonsonate, El Salvador, used to collect its milk from local farms in un-refrigerated trucks which resulted in poor quality, high losses and minimal environmental controls. The company’s president, Luis Fernández, knew that with the passage of the U.S.-Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) his company would have to modernize in order to meet international standards and be able to grow and stay competitive.

31 AUGUST 2009 | BAHARAK, AFGHANISTAN
 
Several years ago, there were only three produce merchants in the Baharak Bazaar, a market in Afghanistan’s remote northern province of Badakhshan.  Today, there are 30 traders selling fresh fruits and vegetables.  Farmers are growing more diverse crops and enjoying larger harvests as they take advantage of lower transportation costs resulting from a massive USAID program to build and improve roads.
 

Nearly 2 million Sudanese, driven from their homes by violence, now live in densely populated clusters of camps spread throughout Sudan’s western Darfur region. One of their greatest needs is firewood to cook food, sell for income, boil water, and heat their homes.

12 AUGUST 2009 | MAZARI SHARIF, AFGHANISTAN
 
USAID is helping rural Afghans improve their environment and their incomes by planting pistachio seedlings.  Wild pistachio forests were once common in northern Afghanistan, but years of improper harvesting and neglect led to the destruction of many forests.  Now, a USAID cash-for-work project is underway that will restore pistachio forests covering 700 hectares in Balkh Province while providing jobs for local residents.
 

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Last updated: November 22, 2013