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.

Kubura Sulemana is a store keeper for the Africa Indoor Residual Spraying project in northern Ghana. The project protects millions of people in Africa from malaria by spraying insecticide on the walls, ceilings and other indoor resting places of mosquitoes that transmit malaria. Here, Sulemana tells her story:

Where I live in Savelugu in the north of Ghana, people work as farmers or petty traders. Many of them see a woman’s place as in the house, taking care of children. However, I wanted to work.

18 JULY 2013 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
17 JULY 2013 | BADAKHSHAN, AFGHANISTAN
 
When orchards in northeastern Afghanistan were sprayed with a pesticide called dormant oil, it was more than just another disease-control measure. More than 3,000 farmers felt assured of higher yields because the oil-based pesticide is considered very effective in controlling winter pests. And pesticide spraying has become a thriving business in the area.
 
16 JULY 2013 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
15 JULY 2013 | HERAT, AFGHANISTAN
 
Herat University has expanded its teachers’ training program thanks to a brand new College of Education. In the new building, the university is training teaching instructors. They will be a crucial element of Herat’s attempt to improve education across the province by upgrading the skills and knowledge of its teachers. The instructors being trained at the College of Education will fan out and provide continuing education classes to teachers. They will also certify teachers’ qualifications.
14 JULY 2013 | DHAKA, BANGLADESH
 
Just three days at a business conference and Rabiya Maryam’s life – and work – changed forever. She runs a small company in Afghanistan, which manufactures silk handicrafts, and says she benefitted enormously from the networking opportunities and inspirational real-life stories at the South Asia Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
 

Despite a fast-growing economy, Ethiopia remains one of the poorest countries in the world. It is prone to weather-related shocks and experiences high levels of food insecurity, particularly among rural populations and smallholder farmers. Women farmers perform up to 75 percent of farm labor, representing 70 percent of household food production in Ethiopia. But they typically produce up to 35 percent less than male farmers because they have lower levels of access to extension services and inputs such as seeds and fertilizer.

10 JULY 2013 | BALKH, AFGHANISTAN
 
When nine municipalities in northern Afghanistan invited members of the public to discuss the budget, it marked a turning point in the relationship between the area’s local governments and the people they serve.
 
It was the second time the municipalities were holding public hearings on the budget, but the first at their initiative. Last year’s hearings were facilitated by USAID’s Regional Afghan Municipalities Program for Urban Populations (RAMP UP) North.
 

USAID assistance enabled Plastic Electromechanic Company (PEC) to boost efficiency on its main manufacturing floor and newer facilities by identifying specific measurable improvement goals and setting targets for dozens of manufacturing chain elements—a strategy modeled after international best practice. 

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Last updated: January 07, 2014