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.

Tháng 4/2015 – 10 năm trước, khi Nguyễn Thọ ra đời tại thành phố Đà Nẵng, cậu bé được chẩn đoán mắc bệnh bại não – một tình trạng bẩm sinh do não phát triển không bình thường ảnh hưởng đến sự phối hợp và vận động cơ bắp. Bại não không đe dọa đến tính mạng nhưng là tình trạng vĩnh viễn khó xử lý, đặc biệt với các gia đình nghèo.

Solar Sister is a social enterprise supported by USAID that recruits and trains women entrepreneurs to sell affordable solar lighting and related green products such as mobile phone chargers and fuel efficient cook stoves. By emphasizing partnership, the organization has created an extensive network of private, public and individual donors that provide ongoing support to new entrepreneurs.

Tháng 7/2015  - Chị Lê Thị Mỹ Dung có một thửa ruộng chưa đầy 1 hecta - gần bằng một sân bóng đá - để nuôi sống gia đình. Trước đây, dù chị và các con đều ra đồng làm việc hàng ngày, thu nhập từ cây lúa hầu như không đủ để trang trải cuộc sống. Mảnh ruộng của gia đình chị chỉ cho sản lượng khoảng 4 tấn/hecta, ít hơn so với diện tích ruộng tương tự của các gia đình khác có năng suất khoảng 7 đến 8 tấn.

Ajmal* runs a shop that sells pesticides in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan. Until recently, he was unaware that protective clothing should be worn while spraying and that some chemicals are harmful to the environment and are banned by the government.

Until recently, Maroof* wasn’t able to grow his metalworking business because the shop, in Shibirghan in the northern Afghan province of Jawzjan, could not keep up with the competition. Its production capacity was limited and so were the tools used to make the doors, window frames, fencing and corrugated steel panels that were in demand.

Summer temperatures can soar to 109 F in Qala-i-Naw, capital of Afghanistan’s northwestern province of Badghis. The power supply is erratic and most households don’t have refrigerators, which can be a problem—as well as a business opportunity.

Viktor* is a 44-year-old drug addict from Ukraine with a long history of injection drug use punctuated by a series of prison sentences.

In Tanzania, low-income families typically have limited access to healthy foods. This impacts their ability to make good nutritional choices and can result in malnutrition.

Farmers across coastal delta communities in the Lower Mekong Basin are experiencing firsthand the negative effects of climate change. Rainfall in the area has become more and more irregular, ruining crops and threatening livelihoods.

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Last updated: July 27, 2015