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.

19 OCTOBER 2009 | DODARAK, NANGARHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
Electricity heats homes, provides light, and powers businesses, contributing to economic growth and higher living standards.  While Afghanistan’s power grid does not yet provide for the entire country, USAID support is bringing electricity to remote villages through the construction of approximately 300 micro-hydropower plants and solar and wind power systems.  Hydropower plants harness the energy of moving water, creating electricity out of a renewable natural resource.
 
19 OCTOBER 2009 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Long excluded from participation in public life, Afghan women have a great deal to offer their country.  Their untapped energy and productivity are essential for sustainable peace, security, and development.  Now, with support from the U.S. Government, Afghan women professionals are beginning to come together and promote their needs and abilities publically.
 
19 OCTOBER 2009 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
15 OCTOBER 2009 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
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
 

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Last updated: January 08, 2014