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.

Të dy, burrë e grua pronarë të furrës, Valbona Raifi dhe Faton Deshishku janë rritur duke ngrënë gjellët e gjyshes tradicionale. Sot, me ndihmën e USAID-it, ata po i ndajnë këto receta me klientë të etur për të shijuar ato kënaqësi të njëjta në shtëpitë e tyre.

Duke punuar nga familja dhe receta të tjera, nëntë punëtorët e furrës City Bakery bëjnë çdo gjë për të rregulluar një kuzhinë të rregullt dhe të ndritshme në bodrum. Çifti e zotëron hapësirën, që ndodhet në zemër të qendrës së qytetit të Prishtinës—nj përparësi e dyfishtë tregtare.

Vlasnici pekare,muž i žena,  Faton Deshishku i Valbona Raifi ,oboje odrasli uživajući u bakinim  jelima,  duboko ukorenjenim u tradiciji. Danas, uz pomoć USAID-a oni te recepte dele sa mušterijama koje žude  za uživanjem (ali ne i za vremenom za  spremanje ) u tim istim đakonijama u svojim domovima.

Radeći prema  porodičnim i drugim receptima,  u urednoj  i  svetloj  kuhinji  u podrumu,  devetoro zaposlenih u gradskoj pekari po porudžbini pravi  sve. Par  je vlasnik  prostora koji  se nalazi u  samom centru Prištine — što je dvostruka poslovna  prednost .

Husband-and-wife bakery owners Faton Deshishku and Valbona Raifi both grew up eating grandma dishes steeped in tradition. Today, with USAID’s help, they are sharing those recipes with customers with a hankering for savoring (but none of the time for making) those same delights in their own homes.

Working from family and other recipes, City Bakery’s nine employees make everything to order in an orderly and bright basement kitchen. The couple owns the space, located in the heart of downtown Pristina—a twofold commercial advantage.

The ordered tangle of blue, green and red lines on Krenar Spahija’s computer screen may well map out the way to a prosperous future for Kosovo, this small country in Southeastern Europe. 

The engineer’s design for a printed circuit board provides a glimpse of a high-tech product being made in a country with a largely low-tech economy. It’s just one way that Spahija’s employer, Pristina-based Tekfuze, bucks expectations.

The Okavango Delta is home to elephants, rhinos and other natural wildlife.  Poaching and unsustainable harvesting are among many threats faced by the Basin's wild inhabitants. 

When a crowd of around 70 people listened to Aytekin Verdiyeva make an impassioned speech in August 2012 on women’s leadership in Azerbaijan, no one could have guessed it was her first public oration. Her feelings seemed to overwhelm her as she made her first speech as a government official.

Constrained by conservative social values, most women in Azerbaijan never achieve prominence in public and professional roles. But if Verdiyeva’s story is any indication, that situation is gradually changing. 

Conflicts between Buddhist and Muslim communities in Meiktila, Burma, resulted in the death of over 40 community members, and the destruction of numerous homes and community buildings in spring 2013. Violence continued to spread southward, increasing concern about a widespread outbreak of violence. 

Following the outbreaks, in April, USAID, through its Office of Transition Initiatives, supported a local youth organization to disseminate their messages of tolerance and peace.

For decades, conflict-affected communities in Burma have experienced limited international assistance. However, the country's recent political reforms have reversed that trend—but with a cost. Despite the best of intentions, the newfound assistance has the potential to shift power dynamics and exacerbate local conflict by inadvertently shifting power dynamics and introducing new resources to be competed over. 

In 2012, the mayor’s office in Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire, imposed a yearly licensing fee of $50 (25,000 CFA) on each transporter and taxi driver. Revenue from the licensing fee was intended for road repairs and other improvements to transportation infrastructure in Bouaké. However, the roads remained in a state of complete disrepair, and attempts to collect the fee triggered protests and refusals to pay among transporters and taxi drivers who saw the fee as unreasonable since they did not see the funds put to good use.

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Last updated: January 15, 2015