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.

2 MARCH 2013 | GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
 
Afghanistan took another major step toward membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO) with the pre-eminent organization placing the country on its priority list for early accession.
 
2 MARCH 2013 | HERAT, AFGHANISTAN
 
Asma was just 18 when she arrived at Herat’s Legal Aid Clinic seeking refuge from an abusive husband. Her family had forced her to marry a man that Asma describes as “a drug addict”. When the young bride told her husband that she dreamed of continuing to study, she earned herself a sound beating. “My in-laws and my husband started beating me on a regular basis,” Asma told the lawyers at the Legal Aid Clinic as she filed for a divorce.
 
2 MARCH 2013 | FARAH, AFGHANISTAN
 
At just 19 years old, Zahra Abdul Aziz is a trailblazer for the women of Afghanistan’s western province of Farah. As a manager in Farah’s department of municipal administration, Zahra is one of the first, and very few, women to have a senior role in local government.
 

Benghazi is the birthplace of Libya’s revolution, but it’s also home to the new government’s growing pains. The Benghazi Local Council (BLC) is popularly elected but has been slow to deliver services, risking a crisis in confidence that could ultimately undermine the momentum of the country’s political transition. To counter this trend, USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) recently supported an effort to provide local government officials in Benghazi with tools to communicate and connect with communities.

شاحنة أخرى مليئة بالدقيق تصل غدا، وستقام العملية برمتها من جديد. USAID توفر ما يكفي من الطحين إلى 50 مخبزا في محافظة حلب لخبز الخبز يوميا لما يقرب من 210،000 شخص خلال الأشهر الخمسة المقبلة.

USAID is providing enough flour to 50 bakeries in Aleppo Governorate to bake daily bread for approximately 210,000 people for the next five months.

In 2010, Béliard Miracle was an unknown farmer in the Kenscoff region of Haiti. His meager income came from small harvests of vegetables that he cultivated in difficult conditions, without the benefit of modern production techniques. With limited access to markets, he made just $1,000 per year. Then something changed in his community that made it possible for Miracle to earn three times that amount in a single month.

27 FEBRUARY 2013 | JAWZJAN, AFGHANISTAN
 
Abdul Jalil is a master mason in Jawzjan province in the north of Afghanistan but he earns too little to feed his family of 12. Drought, caused by poor rains over the last two seasons, has affected prospects for work in this and 13 other provinces in Afghanistan. Abdul Jalil’s family is one of many that goes to bed hungry.
 

With a large family depending on her earnings, Fatuma Suleban has struggled.  “I used to sell meat on the street – with no shade,” she says. “I would often move around all day in search customers.”

In Somalia, USAID supports activities that communities select and implement with local authorities for quick-impact progress toward stabilization.

When USAID brought together government and community representatives from Aynabo, the town in central Somaliland where Suleban lives, the group prioritized market rehabilitation and public sanitation. 

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Last updated: December 20, 2013