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.

8 FEBRUARY 2010 | LAGHMAN PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Over the past 18 months, Sayed Mohammad, a fruit merchant from Gomen village in Laghman province, has transformed his business from a small, one-man fruit cart into a large fruit and juice stall with employees, and has become the primary supplier of watermelons to cart vendors in the area.  This expansion was made possible when Sayed Mohammad became a member of a Sharia-compliant, USAID-supported credit union.
 
8 FEBRUARY 2010 | MOSCOW, RUSSIA
 
Afghanistan produces many premium consumer products, including carpets, leather, fresh and dried fruits, handicrafts, gemstones, and marble.  After a long absence, these products are now reaching international markets, where they are recognized for their exceptional quality and value.  Russia is one of these markets, where a recent trade fair of Afghan products kicked off negotiations on sales estimated at $15 million.
 
7 FEBRUARY 2010 | JALALABAD, AFGHANISTAN
 
A new public-private partnership, called “Light Up Jalalabad,” is bridging the digital divide by bringing internet connectivity to educational institutions in one of Afghanistan’s eastern provinces.
 
4 FEBRUARY 2010 | MAZARI SHARIF, AFGHANISTAN
 
4 FEBRUARY 2010 | MAZARI SHARIF, AFGHANISTAN
 
Engineer Abdul Jamil Maseh, director of the Mazar Water Supply Department, is committed to providing the best customer service possible for water customers in the city of Mazari Sharif.  With support from the U.S. Government, Eng. Jamil created a customer care depart­ment in October 2009 and launched a customer service hotline.  Now, city residents can call the department to report service problems, leaks, or damaged infrastructure in their neighborhoods. 
 
1 FEBRUARY 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Building the capacity of Afghanistan’s professionals is essential for Afghanistan’s successful future.  USAID is committed to providing both development assistance and educational programs that will allow Afghans to maintain and expand the development infrastructure in their country.  In September 2009, USAID launched the sixth round of its engineering internship program with a new class of 21 interns. 
 
19 JANUARY 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
19 JANUARY 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
On December 8, 2009, more Afghans in the capital city of Kabul gained access to locally produced power from the USAID-funded Tarakhil Power Plant.  Engineers activated the plant’s third and final power block, rendering the plant fully capable of producing the 105 megawatts (MW) of energy it was built to deliver. 
 
3 JANUARY 2010 | LOGAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Afghan-led, community-oriented development is essential to building a well-governed, democratic country that meets the needs of its citizens.  USAID and the Afghan Independent Directorate of Local Governance are helping Afghans take ownership of their own local governance and development priorities through the creation of community councils.  These councils improve community coordination and communication with the Afghan government on issues such as security, corruption, and development.

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Last updated: January 07, 2014