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.

June 2014—Like many girls in Malawi, 7-year-old Stella Chibonga did not feel safe at school. She hadn't yet mastered the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic, and she performed far below grade level. She had trouble keeping up with the curriculum. Her first grade teacher, Melia Swaleyi, said that other children laughed at her because, when she tried to write, she “held her pencil with five fingers as if she was holding a fresh tilapia fish from the Shire River. She could hardly recognize the letters she was trying to write.”

The fertile soil of the West Bank provides an ideal landscape for dozens of Palestinian fresh herb companies to grow their crops. Most of these companies aim to export their products to the global market, but not all of them have the tools and resources needed to meet global standards and demands.

The town of Al-Mafraq—"the crossroads" in Arabic—was a major intersection of civilizations throughout history. Today, with the conflict in Syria only 10 kilometers away, the town is at a new “crossroad” as it has received a large influx of Syrians fleeing violence. During the two years since the conflict began, Jordan opened its border to more than 540,000 Syrians—housing the majority in local communities rather than refugee camps—straining Jordan’s already limited natural and financial resources.

June 2014—In Mali, women-owned and -operated farms for sorghum and millet crops are common, but it is rare to find women managing the companies that transport and process these grains that are staples in Malian diets.

June 2014—In Peru, the forestry sector has the potential to become one of the most dynamic sectors within the domestic economy. With more than 70 million hectares of Amazonian forest, sustainable timber harvesting can benefit both the region’s workers and its companies.

June 2014—Avocado producers in South Lebanon recently learned new grafting techniques for their trees, allowing them to upgrade their fruits to more marketable varieties of avocado, increase production and revenue, and improve the lives of their families.

Used within commercial horticulture, grafting unites two plants of the same species to increase and speed yield of hardier, more pest resistant fruit. Grafting also dwarfs the tree so fruit hangs lower on wider trees, making it easier to harvest.

Përderisa USAID-i angazhohet që ta shtojë përdorimin e kontratave në tërë sektorin privat të Kosovës, është konstatuar se mungesa e marrëveshjeve të shkruara është veçanërisht problematike në industrinë e ndërtimit, ku mosmarrëveshjet shpesh çojnë në vonesa të konsiderueshme në infrastrukturën më se të nevojshme.

Dok USAID radi na tome da poveća upotrebu ugovora u privatnom sektoru na Kosovu, zaključeno je da je odsustvo pisanog sporazuma posebno problematična stvar u građevinskoj industriji, u kojoj sporovi često dovode do velike docnje u izgradnji preko potrebne infrastrukture.

July 2014—Wheat is the most important crop in Afghanistan, produced by 78 percent of farmers, with wheat flour serving as a staple of the Afghan diet. Since many Afghans rely on the crop for their livelihoods and daily meals, USAID provides financial and technical assistance to the Afghanistan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) to aggressively support wheat producers.

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Last updated: July 07, 2014