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.

It’s been said that business dealings pass over ethnic boundaries. The Gift souvenir shop in Kosovo's divided city of Mitrovica serves as an example.

This small family business established in 2004 was swamped with demands from clients throughout the country. Keeping up with high market demand and boosting the company’s range of products while using old equipment was difficult.

As a landlocked country that experiences recurrent drought and inflows of refugees, Chad faces severe food insecurity. Approximately 44 percent of the population in Chad lacks access to potable water, and there are hundreds of thousands of refugees from Sudan and Central African Republic dwelling in already vulnerable host communities.

The nearly century-old village of Zardabi lies on the Guba-Khachmaz road in northern part of Azerbaijan and is surrounded by thousands of apple and sour plum orchards. In Zardabi, like everywhere else in Azerbaijan, the social infrastructure collapsed along with the Soviet Union. To overcome social problems inherited from Soviet era, the community has closely collaborated with USAID-supported projects since 2006.

Beekeeping is an ancient tradition in Ethiopia, stretching back into the country’s early history—between 3500 and 3000 B.C., according to some history books. Collecting and selling honey and other bee products produced in homes and home gardens is common throughout the country.

Globally, the Middle East and North Africa have the lowest rate of interregional business and trade. The area is also challenged by high unemployment rates, young populations out of work and slow economic development. Developing environments favorable to starting businesses and supporting an entrepreneurial culture is key to the Middle East and North Africa’s growth and stability.

UshGj-ja ka ecur shumë shpejt në 16 muaj. Pas zgjedhjes së një bordi të ri në muajin korrik 2011, dhe me mbështetjen e USAID-it për ‘planifikimin strategjik dhe zbatimin’, UshGj-ja po bën ndryshime të medha. Sot, organizata ka 121 anetarë. Ka trefishuar buxhetin. Ka një zyrë të veten dhe staf të përkushtuar. Operon në bazë të një strategjie dhe plani-pune pranuar nga të gjithë anëtarët. Avokon në mënyrë aktive për çështje të rëndësishme të gjyqësorit shqiptar, të tilla si imuniteti i gjyqtarëve, procedurat e inspektimit të gjyqtarëve dhe Ligji për Gjykaten e Lartë.

Saloua Ben Fethalla is a math teacher at Almajd School in Tahannaout, Morocco, a picturesque rural town at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. Her 13-year-old students are just beginning middle school.

Until recently, the class of over 40 students would sit in rows, straining to listen as Fethalla lectured. With classes this size, it was difficult for students to work in teams and for teachers to provide one-on-one coaching to students. Traditional  rote learning, not comprehension, was the norm.

For more than three years, civil society organizations (CSOs) in the Kyrgyz Republic have been working to bring about critical reforms within the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA). Their persistence paid off when, in early 2013, the ministry began considering a number of key reform measures.

On September 21, 2013, residents of northern Sri Lanka cast their ballots as part of an historic event—the first Northern Provincial Council elections. Election Day turnout was extremely high at 68 percent, representing a dramatic increase from previous years despite a very tense electoral environment.

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Last updated: December 05, 2014