Across the Sahel, periodic droughts have increased with distressing frequency. In 2012, millions throughout the Sahel—including parts of Burkina Faso—experienced food insecurity after poor harvests in 2011 that were exacerbated by conflict and insecurity that spilled out of Mali and into neighboring countries.
Despite these challenges, communities in Burkina Faso that previously received assistance from USAID are thriving. In the village of Rassomdé, farmers continue to produce yields three times greater than before USAID’s assistance and in spite of the 2012 food crisis.
12 MARCH 2013 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
When Habibullah Saifizada looks at one of his gemstones, he sees a glittering symbol of the future. A graduate of the USAID-funded Institute of Afghan Arts and Architecture at Turquoise Mountain, Habibullah runs a thriving jewelry business. “I want to become a famous jeweler,” he says, proudly describing the orders he has received from as far afield as Las Vegas, Philadelphia and Tucson.
11 MARCH 2013 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
Fakhria spent months painstakingly painting a peacock using the traditional Afghan technique of nuqtapardazi. Her work is now headed for Qatar as a part of Ferozkoh - Traditional Arts from Contemporary Afghanistan Exhibition on display from 20 March 2013 to 22 July at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha.
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.
Last updated: January 03, 2014