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.

Land is the most important economic asset in Afghanistan. In rural areas, access to land is key to avoiding poverty. When a woman relinquishes her land inheritance or is precluded from owning land, her economic stability, food security, and livelihood opportunities are compromised. The USAID Land Reform in Afghanistan (LARA) Project works with the Government of Afghanistan to increase women’s land tenure security. Women’s right to inherit and own land is protected by law but is not universally understood.

Through USAID assistance, a new economic corridor is emerging in a formerly isolated and war-torn part of eastern Sri Lanka. The Kiran area was cut off from the outside world during Sri Lanka's nearly 30-year civil war between the government and Tamil rebels, and its population today is largely unskilled with limited livelihood opportunities.

Following the January 2010 earthquake, Haiti received monetary and material donations from several countries to support its recovery and rebuilding process. When Literacy Volunteers of Fauquier County (LVFC) from Warrenton, Va., donated and installed computer labs throughout Haiti, the group faced one major hurdle: Haitian teachers and computer lab managers were not familiar with the computers' Linux-Mint operating system.

The Afghan Women Judges Association (AWJA), a legal professional association formed last year, aims to increase women’s participation in the judiciary. On March 9, AWJA commemorated International Women’s Day with a Kabul event recognizing the top ten women students at Law and Sharia faculties across the country and encouraging them to join the justice sector.

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 canals.

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.

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Last updated: January 20, 2015