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 top managers from 14 Kazakhstani companies visited Kabul, Afghanistan, in July 2013 to present and promote products and goods made in Kazakhstan, more than $7 million in deals between entrepreneurs from the two countries were preliminarily negotiated at the meetings. The meetings were part of a trade exchange organized by USAID's Regional Economic Cooperation Project.

В рамках торговой миссии, организованной Проектом USAID по региональному экономическому сотрудничеству, топ менеджеры из 14 казахстанских компаний посетили Кабул с целью представления и продвижения продуктов и товаров, произведенных в Казахстане.  В ходе встреч были достигнуты предварительные договоренности между афганскими и казахстанскими предпринимателями  на поставку продукции на общую сумму более чем $ 7 миллионов, что было бы невозможным без поддержки USAID.

Ask random Thai students about their dream jobs. Probably not even one out of 10 would think about working for civil society organizations (CSOs) or the non-profit sector. But that could change.   Khon Kaen University in northeast Thailand is now offering students new career perspectives by launching the country’s first Center for Civil Society and Non-Profit Management.

More than 70,000 young people packed in to hear the first major open air concert in Burma in over a half a century on December 16, 2012. Front and center were messages about human trafficking and exploitation and how to avoid both.

Organized by the USAID-supported MTV EXIT program, the concert featured Grammy Award-winning artist Jason Mraz alongside Burma's top artists: Phyu Phyu Kyaw Thein and R Zarni, Chan Chan, Sai Sai, Lynn Lynn, Phyo Gyi and Chit Htu Wai. Thailand’s Slot Machine also traveled over to grace the stage.

People in the remote village of War Taw in southern Burma often do battle with malaria. Here, villagers earn their living working in and around forests that harbor malaria-carrying mosquitoes, but health services are scarce and far away.

They came from all over Southeast Asia and met on the beach. And cleaned it. Without pay. That’s not all. They had to compete for the opportunity.

Alen Jusupović, a 23-year-old student of agricultural engineering in Sarajevo, was intrigued by the idea of starting a donkey farm after learning that a similar business was thriving in neighboring countries. In 2012, he set out to have the first in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).

It was by accident that he signed up for a USAID program to support would-be student entrepreneurs like him. Turns out, it was a smart move. A year later, Jusupović had his own money-making farm.

Going against the tide of politics and tradition in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), women parliamentarians have come together to form the country's first issues-based caucus, one that centers on common interests rather than party platforms. 
 
With USAID support, 22 women members of the House of Representatives of the Federation of BiH (FBiH), one of the country’s two governmental entities, united to form the caucus in early 2013. It was the first women’s caucus in the entire region.  
 
Before passage of the law on whistleblower protection in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), employees of state-level institutions who reported corruption would likely incur the wrath of their employers and be fired, like Višnja Marilović of Sarajevo.
 

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Last updated: January 15, 2015