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.

30 AUGUST 2012 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
In Afghanistan, where 80 percent of the workforce is engaged in farming, agricultural training is vital. But how do you teach the latest horticultural techniques in a country where farmers are scattered and transportation is difficult?
 
28 AUGUST 2012 | NANGARHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
Season Honey, a company based in Nangarhar province, prides itself on supplying 100 percent pure, high quality honey, while providing earning opportunities to hundreds of rural households. While still a modest operation, Season Honey now competes in quality and price with Indian, Iranian and Turkish companies, which also supply the Afghan market. 
 
16 AUGUST 2012 | BADGHIS, AFGHANISTAN
 
Karim and Jamil are graduates of the vocational training program organized by USAID’s Incentives Driving Economic Alternatives for the North, East and West (IDEA-NEW).
 
They are helping build a fruit and vegetable wholesale market in Qala-i-Naw, the capital of Badghis province.
 
25 AUGUST 2012 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
23 AUGUST 2012 | PARWAN, AFGHANISTAN
 
Clean drinking water has become a reality for Barik Ab, a small town near Bagram Airbase. Till July 31, when the new water system was inaugurated, the inhabitants of Barik Ab had to walk miles to draw unsafe water from drying wells. USAID, in partnership with the Afghan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, worked on a permanent solution to the problem.
 
22 AUGUST 2012 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
15 AUGUST 2012 | AFGHANISTAN
 
9 AUGUST 2012 | NANGARHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
More than two hundred women work in ten gabion weaving centers in Pachir Wa Agam and Chaparthar districts of Nangarhar province. The centers were established by USAID’s Incentives Driving Economic Development for the North, East, West (IDEA-NEW) Project.
 

New Rice for Africa, or NERICA, is a hardy, high-yielding rice varietal that USAID is helping bring to farmers, including Coulibaly. Through the United States' flagship food security initiative, Feed the Future, USAID works with grassroots organizations and producer cooperatives to make NERICA available on a large scale in Senegal to increase rice production, and in turn, improve families’ food security and incomes.

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Last updated: January 08, 2014