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.

Adela Estrada Carrera, 28, lives in the rural community of La Victoria (the Victory) in the district of Shunté in Peru's San Martin region. The mother of two children, she begins each day at 4:00 a.m. by cleaning the house, preparing food and attending to her family’s needs. Once she is finished, she hurries off to start her visits to the homes of neighboring families in the community.

In response to the considerable needs, USAID is partnering with NGOs and international organizations to implement flexible, cash-based food assistance programs that reach food insecure Somalis, particularly those displaced internally. 

An intensive, month-long media course supported by USAID changed all that. It taught Mr. Faiz and nine other volunteers of the Badghis Film Association in northwest Afghanistan the basics of cinematography, graphics and post-production. This training will help the Association improve its productions, including documentaries which focus on social issues.

September 2013Less than a year after their country's liberation, nearly 2 million Libyans participated in the country’s first free elections in over 40 years on July 7, 2012. Voters of all ages celebrated the event, showing off their electoral stain, which quickly became known as “patriotic henna."

While the road to electing a General National Congress was relatively smooth, the upcoming step of forming a commission to draft a new constitution is an impending challenge in the transition.

Before and after the Tunisian Revolution in December 2010, bloggers played a critical role in information disseminationspreading news, ideas and accounts of human rights violations.

Conditions improved after USAID’s Regional Afghan Municipalities Program for Urban Populations (RAMP UP) South program helped Kandahar City municipality build a new controlled site for waste. The site’s walls are compacted earth and it has a clay liner system that can withstand heavy vehicle movement. It can contain waste water.

Tens of thousands of farmers across Hilmand and Kandahar provinces didn’t necessarily see the benefit of working with the government and cooperatives.  That perception changed because of the USAID funded Afghanistan Vouchers for Increased Production in Agriculture Plus (AVIPA Plus).

Ghazi Park is centrally located and close to important shopping districts. Kandahar City officials regard it as key to their economic strategy. A beautiful park would draw residents to the area – for shopping and recreation. Apart from the aesthetic benefits, property prices would rise. It would also provide intrinsic environmental benefits and improve the quality of life.

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.

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Last updated: January 15, 2015