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.

1 JUNE 2009 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
“Afghanistan has sparked the interest and the appetite – literally the appetite – of the world,” said U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry on the opening day of the USAID-supported Kabul International Fresh Fruit and Vegetable AgFair.  The AgFair, held from May 20-22, attracted an estimated 50,000 people to forge business deals and celebrate Afghanistan’s abundance of fresh produce ranging from pomegranates to spinach.
 
23 MAY 2009 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Afghanistan grows an abundance of fresh, delicious fruits and vegetables.  Some crops, like Afghan pomegranates, are considered the best in the world.  Consequently, export opportunities are increasing, with companies selling their harvests to regional countries like the UAE, India, and Turkmenistan. 
 
21 MAY 2009 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Afghanistan’s nomadic Kuchis have lived off their livestock for centuries.  Until recently, however, they were unaware that their goats produced cashmere – a valuable, renewable product that can be sold domestically and abroad.  To help the Kuchi people earn essential income by selling cashmere, USAID launched Afghanistan’s first training program on cashmere harvesting.
 
7 MAY 2009 | KUNDUZ, AFGHANISTAN
 
As Afghanistan’s justice system matures, it offers citizens numerous options for legal recourse when their rights are violated.  However, many people, especially women, do not know their legal rights or how to use the formal justice system.  Additionally, many do not know where to turn when they face legal problems that could be effectively solved through the courts or community mediation.
 
5 MAY 2009 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
21 APRIL 2009 | JALALABAD, AFGHANISTAN
 
Afghanistan’s Constitution clearly states that men and women are equal in the eyes of the law.  However, violations of women’s rights are widespread, and many Afghan women do not know how to use the formal justice system to protect their rights.  To provide women – as well as men and children – with a better understanding of gender equality, women’s rights, and the legal system, USAID launched a public awareness campaign in Nangarhar and Baghlan provinces in spring 2009.
 
4 APRIL 2009 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Afghanistan’s farmers frequently lack access to the agricultural supplies and equipment they need to grow bountiful crops and raise healthy livestock.  To provide these goods at an affordable price, USAID established a network of privately owned AgDepot rural farm stores that operate under the Durukshan Association through local Afghan entrepreneurs.
 
4 APRIL 2009 | PULI KHUMRI, AFGHANISTAN
 
Good governance is possible when citizens and elected officials have the opportunity to discuss local needs and government services on a regular basis.  In a country like Afghanistan, poor roads, insufficient communications infrastructure, and security concerns hinder both direct and indirect exchanges.  Bridging this gap in communications is essential to providing security and public services, as well as building trust between the government and its constituents.
 
4 APRIL 2009 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Tolo TV’s Dream and Achieve (Fikr wa Talash) has awakened Afghanistan’s entrepreneurial spirit.  In a country where new business development is essential for continued economic growth, this popular television show is helping entrepreneurs improve their businesses while educating viewers about the importance of the private sector.
 

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Last updated: January 08, 2014