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.

Access to finance remains a critical obstacle for Mozambican smallholder farmers. A 2010 national survey found that only 2.4 percent of Mozambique’s 3.8 million farms have accessed credit—hamstrung by physical distance from banks, financial illiteracy, small crop volumes and high interest rates.

For the mayors who were elected to represent Kosovo’s four northern Serb-majority municipalities for the first time in the newly independent country’s history, their most important task upon taking office in early 2014 was to instill confidence in their constituency. They needed to show the citizens of their communities that they not only understood their needs, but that they would follow through on campaign promises to meet them.

Квітень 2014. - анкета для пацієнта, розроблена з метою скринінгу на наявність ознак туберкульозу, допомагає покращити діагностику серед людей, які живуть з ВІЛ, та дає пацієнтам шанс на швидше одужання.

Андрій (прізвище не вказується з міркувань конфіденційності) живе з ВІЛ з 2010 року. Коли у нього вперше виявили ВІЛ, його самопочуття, як йому тоді здавалося, залишалося в нормі. На невеликий кашель та втому він не звертав тоді уваги. Ці незначні симптоми не здавалися йому важливими, аж доки ними не зацікавився лікар.

Во время учебной поездки в Украину в марте 2012г., организованной при финансовой поддержке Агентства США по международному развитию (USAID), несколько жителей городского поселка Желудок Гродненской области Беларуси ознакомились с технологиями энергосбережения. Взяв на вооружение знания о мониторинге и техниках снижения энергопотребления, они сразу же инициировали энергоаудит ГУО «Ясли-сад г.п. Желудок» и разработали рекомендации по рационализации энергопользования. 

You are thirsty. Now imagine walking six hours round trip, only to reach dirty water at your destination. That’s what Semegn Mikir did every day just to acquire water for her family in Ethiopia. Mikir is the mother of a 2-year-old daughter and lives in the rural Lay Gayint district in Taria Georgies village.

Prekršajni sud u Zrenjaninu je 2012. godine bio sumoran prizor za oči. Krov je prokišnjavao, enterijer je bio star i prljav a kancelarije pretrpane. Zajedničkim naporima USAID-ovog Projekta za reformu pravosuđa i odgovornu vlast i Ministarstva pravde, sud je prošao kroz kompletno renoviranje leta 2012. i pretvoren je u modernu instituciju, sa prostranim kancelarijama i sudnicama kao i kabinetima sudija, kako bi prostor odgovarao kako zaposlenima tako i građanima. 

Surrounded by the “baa-baa” of bleating sheep, a master shearer in Pakistan clips slowly and confidently with his oversized scissors through one cluster of fleece after another. Two of his assistants keep the sheep secured and firmly pressed against the floor. Forty-five minutes later, the sheep has been shorn. But with the introduction of mechanized shears, a similar sheep is shaved within seven minutes, saving time, reducing costs and causing less stress for shearers and sheep alike

Hearings on the local government budget were held earlier this year for the first time in three local government units, or aiyl okmotus, in the Nookat district of Osh province in the Kyrgyz Republic. Over 200 villagers and three officially recognized “initiative groups” representing nine communities—three from each AO—actively participated in the open budget hearings, and proposed priorities, amendments and additions for the 2014 annual budget.

Photojournalist Denis Liwasa was among a group of reporters that recently visited Zomba district in central Malawi to get the scoop on the ongoing voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) campaign. Inspired by his interviews and experience during the August media tour, Liwasa decided that he, too, would undergo the procedure.

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Last updated: September 05, 2014