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.

Most Ukrainian small and medium sized agriculture producers (SMPs) are forced to sell their produce at the height of the harvest season in local informal markets or through rent-seeking middlemen due to a lack of market infrastructure and logistics systems. At the mercy of buyers, producers often feel compelled to accept whatever price they are offered or risk spoiling of their unsold fruits and vegetables.

The city of Sabha, located in Libya’s southwestern corner, suffered a spike in intercommunal violence in 2014. Many of the deadly clashes were driven by Sabha’s youth.

Kosovo, like many other European countries, has a huge appetite for gherkins—the immature fruit of the cucumber plant. Home canners and industrial processors alike pickle and preserve the fresh-picked young cucumbers in late summer and early fall. Pickles are a mainstay of many a traditional winter meal.

Business owner Alisher Abdullajonov, founder of VOOLEN TEKS, had long wanted to expand his company’s exports to Kazakhstan, but was hindered by a lack of business contacts with Kazakhstani importers. After contacting the Tashkent Chamber of Commerce and Industry and inquiring about how to expand into new markets, Abdullajonov was referred to a USAID project that significantly changed the course of his business.

Nearly 1 million Central Africans have been displaced by sectarian clashes since 2013. The inability to earn an income, compounded by trade and harvest disruptions, has had a tremendously negative impact on the economy and people’s ability to meet their basic needs.

Коли Ірина* ставала на облік до центру зайнятості, під час профілактичного огляду в неї виявили туберкульоз. До того три роки поспіль вона виїжджала на сезонні сільськогосподарські роботи до Херсонської області. У 2012 році з ними працював чоловік, в якого був кашель. Згодом вона дізналася, що він хворів на туберкульоз. Ірина переконана, що саме від нього вона й заразилася.

Реєстрація бізнесу Ірини Терещенко відбулася швидко. Проте коли бізнес виявився неприбутковим, вона вирішила його закрити, незважаючи на те, що колеги попереджали -  процедура може бути тривалою і непростою. Однак п. Терещенко була приємно здивована, коли виявилося, що закрити бізнес можливо так само швидко, як і свого часу було його відкрити. 

Сотрудничество двух университетов из Беларуси и Литвы позволяет студентам получить степень магистра по управлению недвижимостью в удобном и практичном дистанционном формате.

Davlatdiyor Shohrahimov lives with his large extended family of 18 in the village of Rudaki, located in the Qumsangir district of southern Tajikistan. The farmland there is irrigated by a Soviet-era irrigation canal which, until recently, was in severe disrepair, without adequate maintenance for the last 12 years.

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Last updated: February 24, 2015