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.

Za gradonačelnike koji su izabrani da predstavljaju četiri severne većinski srpske opštine na Kosovu po prvi put u istoriji nove nezavisne zemlje, najvažniji zadatak nakon stupanja na dužnost početkom 2014. Je bio da uliju poverenje svojim biračima. Trebalo ja da pokažu građanima svojih zajednica da oni ne samo da dobro razumeju njihove potrebe, nego i da će uraditi sve što je potrebno da ih zadovolje i tako održe svoja predizborna obećanja.

 

Christopher and Ndaziona Kachingwe of Ng’ombe in Malawi’s Machinga district were having problems in their family when an HIV-prevention project was first introduced in the area five years ago. Now they are happier, healthier and better informed on how to remain so.

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but that’s not true for artisans of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH), who have learned, honed and passed on their skills from generation to generation for hundreds of years.

Access to lifesaving anti-retroviral treatment (ART) for HIV continues to be a major obstacle in Mozambique, where many rural clinics do not offer this service. Patients must travel long distances to health centers offering ART, incurring transportation costs to receive medicine and attend check-up visits. This leads to poor adherence to ART, withdrawal from treatment, and preventable deaths.

As Mozambique grapples with severely poor health services, a change in how funding is disbursed may also substantially change the quality of care.

When Bakir Lozane first worked the land in Alto Molocue in northern Mozambique, he was clearing mines sown over years of civil war. Today, Alto Molocue is home to the 1,250-hectare Lozane Farms, one of the country’s biggest producers of high-quality seeds—particularly soybean seeds

Until recently, outdated Mozambican insolvency laws dating back more than a century made the process to dissolve a business unduly complicated, slow and costly. These factors can impair growth, competitiveness, and the prevention and resolution of financial crises.

Access to finance remains a critical obstacle for Mozambican smallholder farmers. A 2010 national survey found that only 2.4 percent of Mozambique’s 3.8 million farms have accessed credit—hamstrung by physical distance from banks, financial illiteracy, small crop volumes and high interest rates.

For the mayors who were elected to represent Kosovo’s four northern Serb-majority municipalities for the first time in the newly independent country’s history, their most important task upon taking office in early 2014 was to instill confidence in their constituency. They needed to show the citizens of their communities that they not only understood their needs, but that they would follow through on campaign promises to meet them.

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Last updated: November 18, 2014