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.

31 DECEMBER 2012 | PARWAN, AFGHANISTAN
 
Charikar City, the capital of Parwan Province, produces 85 cubic meters of solid waste each day.  To put that into perspective, imagine half of a football field covered in ankle-deep trash, and you have a good picture of Charikar’s daily waste. 
 
27 DECEMBER 2012 | BADAKHSHAN, AFGHANISTAN
 
Welcome to the Wakhan Corridor in northeast Afghanistan: an isolated and breathtakingly beautiful mountain landscape that is sparsely populated by fierce people and even fiercer creatures, such as the elusive Snow Leopard and the Marco Polo sheep. Survival in such a landscape is challenging at best. Thanks to the USAID-sponsored project, however, both the people and wildlife of the Wakhan Corridor have been given new hope.
 
23 DECEMBER 2012 | KAPISA, AFGHANISTAN
 
“I have made this drawing to say I want my city to be like this,” said Zahra, a 6th grade student at Alikhel girls’ school in Mahmud Raqi, the capital of Kapisa Province in eastern Afghanistan, as she proudly displayed her award-winning artwork. 
 
21 NOVEMBER 2012 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 

From December 8-9, Afghan businesswomen from around the country gathered in Kabul for a two-day exhibition. The event, which was sponsored by USAID’s Trade Access and Facilitation for Afghanistan (TAFA) program, enabled the businesswomen to sell their quality products to a diverse clientele consisting of Afghans and expatriates.

18 DECEMBER 2012 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
In a first for southern Afghanistan, a month-long program of youth forums gave hundreds of young Afghans the chance to discuss citizenship and governance and ways to make their municipal authorities more representative and more responsive. USAID’s Regional Afghan Municipalities Program for Urban Populations (RAMP UP) South worked closely with the mayors of Kandahar, Lashkar Gah, Qalat, Tirin Kot, Nili and Zaranj to organize the forums, which drew about 600 people.
 
16 DECEMBER 2012 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Over 600 students at Sardar Kabuli Girls’ High School in Kabul were recently inspired by a talk from four Afghan women engineering students from Kabul University. Sharing their diverse experiences, the speakers focused on how they are achieving their life goals through higher education.
 
13 SEPTEMBER 2012 | NANGARHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
The Jalalabad-based Food Production Company is a successful business with steady growth since 2009, when it was established. In 2011, the company began receiving more orders for its fruit jams, juices, ketchup and chili sauce than they could produce. Owner Mohammad Ashraf knew it was time to expand and add more retailers in Jalalabad, Kabul and other key cities on Afghanistan, but he didn’t have enough capital to finance the expansion.
 
13 DECEMBER 2012 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
“We are ready for the future! Maw tars nadaraim (We are not afraid)” declared Sima Tabib, head of Aziz National Furniture and one of Afghanistan’s most respected business leaders.
 

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Last updated: July 15, 2014