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.

Pregnancy should bring joy, but in Western Equatoria State, it often causes sadness because of the high rate of maternal mortality, said Minister for Health John Bono during a May 2013 forum on how to prevent excessive bleeding among women during delivery.

The forum was organized to learn lessons from a USAID-funded pilot study on post-partum hemorrhage prevention and management in Western Equatoria's Maridi and Mvolo Counties. 

Across Kosovo, USAID works with roughly 100 growers to actively promote the adoption of new strawberry varieties and technologies, as well as innovative ways of handling, packing and marketing the soft fruit. The efforts are helping those producers sell everything they can grow, all while supporting USAID’s wider goals of fostering growth, creating jobs and generating exports.

At age 23, Bujar Hajdini has embarked on a venture that few of his peers might dare to undertake. The college senior is owner of a newly launched garment manufacturer, supplying a market long dominated by imported goods.

With nearly 200 families, Babin Most/Babimoc is one of the most populated Kosovo Serb villages in the municipality of Obilić/Obiliq. There is only one elementary school in the village, attended by 98 students and preschool children. Although the children are keen to learn, the school is lacking equipment, while the building is in poor condition and hasn’t seen any recent investment.

Da bi izdržavao svoju devetočlanu porodicu, Rahim Šerif radi 11 sati dnevno, prekopavajući smetlišta po Bujanovcu u potrazi za materijalima za reciklažu.

Jednog dana obilazi javna smetlišta, drugog dana industrijske otpade ali gde god se nalazio stalno je izložen otrovnim hemikalijama i zaraznim bakterijama.

To support his nine-member family, Rahim Serif works 11 hours a day, digging through Bujanovac’s rubbish in search of recyclable materials.

Some days he scours landfills; other days he visits industrial complexes. Although the locations differ, Serif is constantly exposed to poisonous chemicals and bacteria that cause disease.

Serbian shoe and textile manufacturers are negotiating nearly $2.2 million worth of orders following their debuts at German and Russian trade shows, appearances made possible through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) assistance.

Since 2009, trade fairs have brought $14.1 million in new sales to USAID-supported companies based in Serbia’s South and Sandzak regions. For these two regions, among Serbia’s most economically disadvantaged, the returns helped companies survive the economic crisis, enter export markets, and create jobs. Yet, USAID recognized that one-time sales would not ensure long-term company stability nor create the market diversity and growing profits to protect them and the regions from economic volatility.

Farida Azizi says she is determined to use her newly honed communications skills to improve the reality of women’s lives in Kushk Rabat-e Sangi, a rural district in western Afghanistan. At least some of her resolve stems from the training she has received in effective ways to communicate with the local authorities.


Last updated: March 03, 2015