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.

12 NOVEMBER 2009 | WARDAK PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
24 OCTOBER 2009 | KUNDUZ, AFGHANISTAN
 
Until recently, Afghans used their goats only for their milk, meat, wool, and leather. Now, more than 170,000 male and female goat herders are aware of the high value of cashmere and the proper methods to harvest and market this commodity.
 
24 OCTOBER 2009 | MAZARI SHARIF, AFGHANISTAN
 
24 OCTOBER 2009 | HIRAT, AFGHANISTAN
 
Despite a slumping demand for luxury goods in the world due to the economic crisis, international markets are waking up to opportunities in Afghanistan’s nascent cashmere industry.  Until recently, the value of cashmere was not recognized in the country, and much of its potential was lost when herders sheared their goats for wool.  That all changed when USAID launched a nationwide campaign to increase awareness and educate male and female goat herders on how to harvest the product.
 
24 OCTOBER 2009 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
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
 

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Last updated: July 16, 2014