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.

Nguyen Thi Hang, a mother of two school-aged children, lives in Vinh Long province in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, where high poverty rates are prevalent among ethnic minority groups. For the last 14 years, Hang has earned a living for her family by making baskets and carpets from water hyacinth.

Le Thi My Dung has a rice paddy of less than 1 hectare—almost equivalent to a football field—to support and feed her family. Until recently, although she and her children worked the field every day, her earnings from rice sales barely covered her costs. Her field only yielded about 4 tons of rice per hectare, less than other farmers' similarly sized fields that yielded around 7 or 8 tons

In 2013, Viviana* and her family were in survival mode. Continuous drought and the ongoing effects of armed conflict were taking a heavy toll on her rural Colombian community, limiting access to potable water and harming agricultural and grazing activities, the main sources of income in the area.

When journalist Rohullah Arman completed his investigation of opium cultivation in Afghanistan, he set a new bar. He was using numerical data to produce the report, a process unusual in Afghanistan, where reliable statistics are hard to come by.

In an effort to tackle high unemployment as well as a lack of trained workers, Afghan companies are getting help matching up workforce needs with skilled employees.

Mohammad Asef Hamraz has a carpet-weaving company in the Afghan capital of Kabul, but, until recently, he was unaware of what customers in different parts of the world might want to buy.

Alhough farmers everywhere win and lose according to the whims of unpredictable weather and climate trends, Macedonia’s farmers are further burdened by a number of other challenges that have a domino effect on the industry. One recent development, however, is interrupting the negative chain reaction.

На початку 2014 року Віра Овчаренко, власник невеликого господарства з Миколаївської області, Україна, опинилась у безвихідному становищі. Вона мусила зареєструвати своє право власності на земельну ділянку, але через бюрократичну помилку у Державному агентстві земельних ресурсів України (Держземагенстві), кадастровий номер земельної ділянки пані Овчаренко співпадав з номером іншої земельної ділянки, що не давало можливості зареєструвати право власності на її землю. 

Уже понад 20 років Наталя Богданова вирощує овочі на своїй ділянці у 25 соток в селі Мала Кардашинка Голопристанського району, що в Херсонській області.

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Last updated: July 22, 2015