Bibi Gul, a 40-year-old widow with three children living in Banjosa village, Rawalakot Tehsil, District Poonch of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, could not believe she earned Rs 60,000 from the sale of 6,000 gladioli stems she grown with USAID support. “I can’t be more thankful to Allah for bestowing upon me this day when I have so much money,” said Bibi Gul with tears of joy in her eyes.
6 MARCH 2013 | BALKH, AFGHANISTAN
Sima Behbodi started dairy farming four years ago with just one calf. Today, says the mother of seven, “I have eight cows and all produce milk.”
4 MARCH 2013 | HELMAND, AFGHANISTAN
For years, Farzana dreamt of running a business and earning enough to support her family. Her husband was unemployed, and it was a struggle to rear six children on the small amounts Farzana earned from taking in sewing.
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.
Last updated: December 30, 2013