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.

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.

When word of the demonstration spread through Facebook, Inas Miloud was ready to act. Sitting at a USAID-supported information center in western Libya’s Nafusa Mountains, Miloud got online and exchanged messages with other activists who were planning to rally for women’s representation on the committee that will draft the nation’s new constitution. On June 1, 2013, she traveled to Tripoli, took to the street, and made her voice heard.

“Without the information center, I would not have heard about the demonstration or been able to take part,” said Miloud.

Vesa Gashi has a plan for anyone and everyone in Kosovo with a reason to celebrate. Whether you’re getting married, celebrating a birthday or just hankering to party, Gashi, 26, is here to help. Since Gashi began her own event management company in 2012, she has planned more than 150 bashes, soirées and other parties.

“I offer everything and even if I don’t have it, I find it,” says Gashi. “I make it happen.”

A USAID-financed program in Haiti is improving air quality for cooking vendors and is expected to save more than 500 tons of charcoal a year.
 
The three-year Improved Cooking Technology Program ("Recho Pa’w" in Creole) aims to promote sustainable energy for cooking and reduce the consumption of charcoal by large-scale users as well as households.
 

USAID, përmes Programit të Ndërmarrësve të Rinj, që u zhvillua prej shtatorit 2010 deri në shtatorin e vitit 2013, ndihmoi Pleurat Buçaj-n për të hartuar planin e biznesit që ka udhëzuar fillimin e suksesshëm të fidanishtes së tij.

USAID, preko  svog programa za mlade preduzetnike koji je trajao od septembra 2010 do septembra 2013 godine pomogao je Pleurat Buçaj-u da izradi poslovni plan koji je  vodio  ka uspešno početku njegovog rasadnika.

Programi për Ndërmarrësit e Rinj i USAID-it që veproi nga shtatori 2010 deri në shtator 2013 ishte i hartuar për të ndihmuar ndërmarrësit e rinj duke forcuar aftësitë e tyre për ndërmarrësi dhe duke siguruar ndihmë me grante të vogla.

USAID-ov program  za mlade preduzetnike koji je trajao od  sepembra  2010 do septembra 2013 godine bio je osmišljen  da mladim preduzetnicima pomogne u jačanju njihovih preduzetničkih sposobnosti i obezbeđivanjem  male  finansijske  pomoći.

Egmend Daija has always made an art of his work as an artisan, designing and creating by hand one-of-a-kind purses, briefcases and just about every other kind of product that can be sewn from leather. Daija has replaced the leather interiors of antique cars, upholstered barber chairs and even fabricated cases used to cradle gifts from the Kosovo Government to the White House and the Vatican.

“When I design something, I see it already made before I even start,” says Daija, who excelled in painting and drama before starting as a leatherworker’s apprentice at age 14.

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Last updated: January 15, 2015