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.


Since 2001, Senegal has offered free antiretroviral (ARV) therapy to HIV-positive patients. Yet many patients interrupt or stop treatment due to the cost of treating related infections and the frequency of check-ups needed to monitor their progress.

USAID has launched an innovative pilot project to encourage HIV-positive patients to continue ARV treatment. The project not only increases access to health insurance and care, but also promotes financial sustainability by offering business loans to vulnerable individuals. This is achieved through a locally-managed fund that serves as a guarantee for the loans and compensates the insurance groups for extraordinary costs associated with HIV care.

19 JUNE 2012
Six municipal authorities in southern Afghanistan have made history of a sort by submitting their budgets in time and preparing them in a realistic and accurate manner. The result: The financial plans put forward by Tirin Kot, Kandahar, Zaranj, Nili, Qalat and Lashkar Gah received the provincial governor’s approval in record time and all six municipalities are well on their way to balanced budgets that better meet local needs. 
Afghanistan was once known around the world for fruits such as pomegranates, grapes, apricots, and plums. But three decades of war left many of its orchards and vineyards in ruins, crippling fruit exports and creating widespread unemployment.
Shama is a business major at a private higher education college  in Nangarhar province. Till recently, she found it difficult to conduct the research she needed in order to complete her assignments. She had limited access to the public library and if she got there, there was never any guarantee she would get to surf the Net.
Sweeta and Saher might stand out anywhere in the world but in Afghanistan, they are decidedly unusual. They are studying engineering at Kabul University, both are currently working as interns with USAID support and both passionately want to build careers in structural design. The two young women are undeterred by the gender gap in Afghanistan and believe that nation-building is woman’s work too.
For Zubair, in Wardak, there’s only one way to live in Afghanistan and that’s by playing volleyball. Zubair, a member of the Wardak volleyball team, says sport is revivifying for any country but more so for one like Afghanistan. He is not alone in his appreciation of sport. Just weeks ago, Zubair’s sentiments reverberated across Wardak when the Provincial Governor’s Office dipped into funding provided by USAID to buy the Wardak Sports Federation a range of gear for volleyball, football and taekwondo.

In the five months that Mohamed Ahmed Alawili and Hassan Al-Mogahed have been working with livestock extension agents from a USAID agricultural support program in Yemen’s Amran governorate, they have witnessed firsthand the benefits USAID is providing to farmers in the country.

The program is a USAID-funded initiative to enhance agricultural production and rural economic development in Yemen. By using the concentrated feed, mineral blocks, vaccinations and training the program provided, Mohamed and Hassan have seen the health and productivity of their sheep increase dramatically.

2,500 evergreen trees, bought with USAID funds, were distributed to locals to be planted in Mahmood i-Raqi, the provincial capital and in Hesa Awal, Hesa Dow and Kohband districts. The Governor called on every family in the province to plant at least one tree each
‘I learned that proper form and style in writing is essential to quality work. I also realized that having standards and clarity makes it easier for everyone to work together’


Last updated: July 21, 2014