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.

4 APRIL 2009 | JALALABAD, NANGARHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
Young men who lack an education or trade skills are left with few opportunities in Afghanistan.  Manual day labor jobs are often the only legal employment options available, but the work is sporadic and the pay is not sufficient to support a family.  To provide these at-risk young men with practical job training and steady, well-paid employment, USAID launched an apprenticeship program in Jalalabad, Nangarhar Province.
 
4 APRIL 2009 | SHIBIRGHAN, AFGHANISTAN
 
Afghanistan’s energy needs vastly outweigh its domestic production.  Today, only 10-12% of Afghan citizens have access to electricity on a regular basis, and the country needs an influx of energy resources and infrastructure to provide reliable power throughout the country. 
 
4 APRIL 2009 | BADAKHSHAN PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Animal husbandry is an unforgiving profession in Afghanistan.  Economic survival depends on the number of sheep, goats, and cattle a family can sell each year.  However, the lack of veterinary care in many areas leads to animal deaths, impoverishing families and endangering Afghanistan’s food supply.  USAID-funded veterinary clinics are changing that by providing healthcare and vaccines to keep animals healthy.
 
4 APRIL 2009 | FARAH, AFGHANISTAN
 
In western Afghanistan’s Farah Province, women have few opportunities to go to school or work outside of the home.  Even when they possess a useful, income-earning skill like tailoring, many women stay at home during the day for cultural or security reasons.
 

Hurricane Mitch caused severe damage and killed thousands of Hondurans in October 1998. The government was unprepared for the intense rains, catastrophic flooding, and mudslides caused by the category five hurricane. There was a critical vacuum in the country’s disaster response and preparedness capacities. Lack of organization, infrastructure, basic emergency equipment, and guidelines prevented authorities from responding quickly and effectively. After the hurricane, USAID recognized a need to help the government develop a more robust disaster response mechanism.

30 DECEMBER 2008 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Since 2005, USAID has supported the Afghan Supreme Court in providing a four week Foundation Training for sitting judges who, because of years of war and insecurity, did not receive the required year-long Stage Judicial Training Program for new judges.  Nearly 800 sitting judges have completed the skills-training program. 
 
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.
 

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Last updated: July 30, 2014