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.

2 MARCH 2013 | FARAH, AFGHANISTAN
 
At just 19 years old, Zahra Abdul Aziz is a trailblazer for the women of Afghanistan’s western province of Farah. As a manager in Farah’s department of municipal administration, Zahra is one of the first, and very few, women to have a senior role in local government.
 

Benghazi is the birthplace of Libya’s revolution, but it’s also home to the new government’s growing pains. The Benghazi Local Council (BLC) is popularly elected but has been slow to deliver services, risking a crisis in confidence that could ultimately undermine the momentum of the country’s political transition. To counter this trend, USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) recently supported an effort to provide local government officials in Benghazi with tools to communicate and connect with communities.

شاحنة أخرى مليئة بالدقيق تصل غدا، وستقام العملية برمتها من جديد. USAID توفر ما يكفي من الطحين إلى 50 مخبزا في محافظة حلب لخبز الخبز يوميا لما يقرب من 210،000 شخص خلال الأشهر الخمسة المقبلة.

USAID is providing enough flour to 50 bakeries in Aleppo Governorate to bake daily bread for approximately 210,000 people for the next five months.

In 2010, Béliard Miracle was an unknown farmer in the Kenscoff region of Haiti. His meager income came from small harvests of vegetables that he cultivated in difficult conditions, without the benefit of modern production techniques. With limited access to markets, he made just $1,000 per year. Then something changed in his community that made it possible for Miracle to earn three times that amount in a single month.

27 FEBRUARY 2013 | JAWZJAN, AFGHANISTAN
 
Abdul Jalil is a master mason in Jawzjan province in the north of Afghanistan but he earns too little to feed his family of 12. Drought, caused by poor rains over the last two seasons, has affected prospects for work in this and 13 other provinces in Afghanistan. Abdul Jalil’s family is one of many that goes to bed hungry.
 

With a large family depending on her earnings, Fatuma Suleban has struggled.  “I used to sell meat on the street – with no shade,” she says. “I would often move around all day in search customers.”

In Somalia, USAID supports activities that communities select and implement with local authorities for quick-impact progress toward stabilization.

When USAID brought together government and community representatives from Aynabo, the town in central Somaliland where Suleban lives, the group prioritized market rehabilitation and public sanitation. 

 

In 2009, Hamsa Haji Hussain returned from the United Kingdom to the small town of Beer in Somaliland to manage over 3,000 hectares of farmland inherited from his father. He had earned a degree in business administration in the U.K. and started an enterprise there.

“But I always knew I was going to come back home and follow in my father’s footsteps,” says Hussain. When Hussain first saw his land, he was shocked at the contrast with England’s lush countryside. “But once the rain fell, I saw the river flow and realized the potential,” he says.

Abdirisaq Noor saw a fundamental problem with Somaliland livestock: branding. Noor was not referring to marking livestock with a hot iron, but the marketing of Somali livestock.

“You can taste the difference in Somali livestock meat. It’s fresh, it’s grass fed, it’s organic,” he explains. “But until now, no Somali has branded their livestock meat as organic and free range.”

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Last updated: April 24, 2014