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.

When Afghanistan adopted the internationally recognized system of tariff nomenclature for traded goods, it was testimony to the skills of the analysts employed by its federal ministry of commerce and industries. From July 2011, its Trade Policy Analysis Unit has been producing a stream of data that is helping Afghanistan expand its reach in the global marketplace.   
When a team of government surveyors arrived in Gurbuz, a district in the eastern Afghan province of Khost, it was more than a sign that a road would be built in the area. It was the first step in the process of resolving a bitter tribal dispute.
The Nasrudeen and Borikhail tribes lay claim to land in Gurbuz that was granted by the Afghan king in the 1930s in return for services defending the border with Pakistan.

«Я хотел оставить школу, потому что я не мог читать и писать. Я думал, что уйти из школы - это самое легкое, что я мог бы предпринять», сказал Тилло Гоибов, девятиклассник из Восейского района Таджикистана.

Отец Тилло и старшие братья идут ежедневно на поиски работы, в то время как его мать заботиться о семье, в которой десять детей. «У нас тяжелая жизнь», сказала его мать.  «Откровенно говоря, я не получила образования, поэтому я не могу помочь моим детям в выполнении домашнего задания. Тилло не мог читать и писать, и мы хотели забрать его из школы».

Georgia's Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs (MOLSHA) call center receives up to 3,000 calls per day and is one of the primary means of keeping the public informed about health insurance and other social programs.

“I wanted to drop out of school because I couldn’t read and write. I thought quitting was the easiest thing to do,” said Tillo Ghoibov, a ninth-grader in the Vose district of Tajikistan.

Tillo’s father and older brothers go daily in search of work while his mother tends to their household of 10 children. “We have a hard life,” said his mother. “Frankly, I am uneducated, so I cannot help my children with their homework. Tillo couldn’t read and write, and we wanted to take him out of school.”

In the three years since she graduated from an Indian university with a degree in computer science, Nilab Akrami has built up a solid career at Afghanistan’s Agricultural Development Fund (ADF). As also the Fund’s computerized accounting system.
“We had no water for our crops, then the runoff from the mountains would flood our lands,” says Noor Mohammad, describing the predicament of his tiny village in Afghanistan’s southern province of Kandahar.
When the Afghanistan Rural Finance Company’s clients asked for Islamic loans, its president and CEO turned to USAID for help. Hashmat Amarkhail knew what his clients wanted - murabaha or financing compliant with sharia, which shares profit and loss between borrower and lender. But he didn’t know how the Company could provide it.
Maliha Nasrat was playing in the yard at home in Kabul when she was hit by a stray bullet. The seven-year-old had become yet another casualty of the civil war that raged in Afghanistan in the 1990s.
It took doctors months to find the bullet lodged in her brain. And it took Maliha two years in hospital to learn how to move. Years later, she still bears the physical scars of the incident. She cannot move all her fingers and has trouble walking.


Last updated: April 25, 2014