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.

Today, Farida Yasmeen, 45, is a leader for a group of 35 experienced embellishers who work from their own homes in Mingora, Swat Valley of Khyber Pakthunkhwa Province of Pakistan. She regularly checks the quality of their work, finds buyers, and receives orders for the entire group.  She credits her position to the assistance from USAID.
Before January 2012, Farida was a heartbroken woman. She had lost her husband in a suicide attack and later her two children died from diabetes.

As the sun sets in rural Tajikistan, farmers start heading to the main building in town for their water users association meeting. All heads turn as their leader, Chairwoman Mamlakat Abduqahorova, calls the meeting to order. In this male-dominated society, the farmers in the room look to Abduqahorova for direction. She has been successfully leading the Havaskor-1 Water User Association since its formation in March 2012, and is part of a select few women who lead water users associations in Tajikistan.

Как только солнце садится в сельской местности Таджикистана, фермеры отправляются в главное здание  города на собрание ассоциации водопользователей. Все оборачиваются, как только их лидер, председатель Мамлакат Абдукахорова призывает всех к порядку. В этом патриархальном обществе фермеры ждут наказов Мамлакат Абдукахоровой.  Она успешно руководит ассоциацией водопользователей Хаваскор -1 с момента его образования в марте 2012 года и является одной из немногих женщин, которые руководят ассоциациями водопользователей в Таджикистане.

For years, the villages of Sinak and Hazari in southern Afghanistan suffered the consequences of broken flood barriers and blocked ca-nals.
The municipal drainage infrastructure they shared was badly dam-aged. Village elders recall that “the canals were full of sediment and many culverts had collapsed.” The villages were constantly flooded. Pools of standing water bred mosquitoes.
It was a fair unlike any other in Wardak, eastern Afghanistan. More than 800 attended the event in the provincial capital Maidan Shahr that showcased government and private-sector services available to the community.

Charles Majura used to spend days speeding through the congested streets of Dar es Salaam on his motorbike collecting stamps from various government offices spread around town. Even when he found the proper office, he couldn’t be confident that the government officer would be there. Failure to collect the proper stamps cost freight forwarders like Majura time. That time translates to lost money for East African businesses, congestion for the Tanzania Port Authority (TPA) and lost revenue for the government of Tanzania.

Selamawit Teklu lives on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in a town known for the high numbers of traditional weavers from southern Ethiopia settling there. Traditional weavers are respected for their skills and tradition, yet Teklu and her neighbors are viewed as social outcasts with little upward mobility. They work from home to produce traditional Ethiopian wraps called gabis, which they sell to the local market through a series of middlemen.

The mission of Rural-Urban Development Initiative (RUDI), a Tanzanian non-governmental organization, has been to help smallholder rice farmers in central Tanzania increase profits through better farming and increased access to markets.

In 2009, RUDI approached the USAID Competitiveness and Trade Expansion (COMPETE) Trade Hub with a grant proposal for training, improved storage facilities, access to finance, collective marketing and high quality machines to process rice.

The African Fine Coffees Association (AFCA), in partnership with the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) and USAID COMPETE, held its 7th annual Kenya National Taste of Harvest (ToH) Coffee Competition at the Coffee Research Foundation in Ruriu, Kenya, Jan. 28-30, 2013.

Rocky Rhodes, renowned coffee roaster and quality instructor from the United States, led a team of seven certified Kenyan “Q” Graders or qualified coffee cuppers, to examine and evaluate 74 Arabica coffees from 52 producers. “The Kenyan coffees rise above most others,” Rhodes said. “This coffee is magical.”


Last updated: February 27, 2014