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.

19 NOVEMBER 2012 | LOGAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
Five-year-old Muqadas is lucky to be alive.  He was shot in the head during an insurgent attack on U.S. troops near his village. Though the bullet is still lodged in his brain, Muqadas has made a remarkable recovery thanks to the expert emergency medical treatment provided by the U.S. military and the wraparound after-care provide by USAID’s Afghan Civilian Assistance Program.       
 
15 NOVEMBER 2012 | BAMYAN, AFGHANISTAN
 
Sharifa Ahmadzai’s wool and carpet-weaving business in Jalalabad is on course for a $200,000 loan to modernize equipment and market its wares better. Masomma Ibraimi’s clothing business in Bamyan has received a loan of $4,000, which has enabled her to buy embroidery machines and hire more seamstresses.
 
14 NOVEMBER 2012 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
12 NOVEMBER 2012 | BALKH, AFGHANISTAN
 
Maryam Ghamgosar, a journalist from Mazar-i Sharif in northern Afghanistan, is increasingly focused on writing about the economic opportunities opening up in her country. It wasn’t always this way.  “I wasn’t able to write articles on economics, trade agreements, or contracts that Afghanistan signed with international companies for its mineral resources,” she says.
 

The Haitian Government is determined to improve the quality and scope of public services, but it faces a critical problem —lack of revenue. At 9 percent, Haiti’s rate of tax receipts as a share of gross domestic product (GDP) is one of the lowest in the world. However, a recent USAID-piloted tax mobilization program in the city of Saint Marc has proven that it is possible to raise local revenues to pay for quality local services.

Building on that success, USAID expanded its work to the densely populated urban municipality of Carrefour in 2011. Working with the Groupe de Recherche et d'Interventions en Developpement et en Education (GRIDE), a Haitian nonprofit organization of public policy experts, USAID sparked a significant jump in Carrefour’s municipal revenue — taxes collected increased by 481 percent, from $309,000 in 2011 to $1.8 million in 2012.

6 NOVEMBER 2012 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
Each year hundreds of Afghan women are widowed because of the conflict.  Without the income of male relatives they and their children often face a bleak future.
 
4 NOVEMBER 2012 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
2 NOVEMBER 2011 | BALKH, AFGHANISTAN
 
Serving sweet candies with tea in social gatherings or in other occasions is a common practice in Afghanistan. These colorful delights are usually imported from other countries despite the potential to produce them locally. However, some firms, like the Shadmehr Candy Production Company in Mazar-i Sharif, have started producing candies locally.
 
1 NOVEMBER 2012 | HERAT, AFGHANISTAN
 
During a recent “Youth and Municipality” seminar in Herat’s Mahjooba Herawi Girls High School students listened attentively as Herat’s Revenue Manager, Provincial Environment Director and Administration Director discussed municipal budget and GIRoA’s approach to environmental issues. Following the presentations, Administration Director Abdul Ahmad Khan opened the floor to questions.
 

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Last updated: November 12, 2014