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.
Before and after the Tunisian Revolution in December 2010, bloggers played a critical role in information dissemination—spreading news, ideas and accounts of human rights violations.
In the country where the Arab Awakening began in 2010, a new generation of Tunisian business leaders, with help from American partners, is building the critical skills to again lead the region. But this time, the focus is on economic development, job creation and small business formation.
On June 28, 2013, 63 Tunisians—many of them women and young adults—received their certificates of graduation in counselor and director training from the USAID-funded Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program.
Katchy Kollections Director Jennifer Mulli desires global recognition for her brand—Jiamini—Kiswahili for “believe in yourself.” It’s a bold goal for someone who has only been in business for three years. But given her current trajectory, Mulli may very well succeed.
Mulli’s family-run Kenyan business sells clothing and accessories inspired by “a deep affection for its African cultural heritage and wealth of design possibilities influenced by the Western fashion scene.” They specialize in detailing their products with high-quality beading.
Because of its fine leather and commitment to top quality, Ethiopia has recently become a magnet for international retailers seeking high-end shoes. Ethiopian shoe companies offer it all—fine-dress, casual and sport footwear.
Between 2011 and 2012, Ethiopian shoe exports through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) increased more than tenfold—from $630,000 to nearly $7 million.
USAID-supported programs work with local entrepreneurs and invest in the small and medium enterprises that are the engines of sustainable job creation in Tunisia.
A traditional catalog merchant has spawned Kosovo’s first major online store, putting thousands of products within a click’s reach of a target population rapidly growing comfortable with the idea of Internet commerce.
It’s hard to imagine a world without games. Sports and games are an integral part of everyday life in all communities. They not only help residents develop a sense of connection with their neighbors, local community and environment, but also bring together people of widely differing backgrounds, professions, ethnicities and religions while their families and friends cheer from the sidelines.
Last updated: December 09, 2013