Transforming Lives

Speeches Shim

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.

Faktoje is a critical element of USAID’s Justice for All reforms in Albania, which is helping improve government transparency and accountability through responsible journalism.

Since the spillover of the Boko Haram conflict from Nigeria to Niger’s Diffa region in 2015, nothing is the same. Violence, insecurity and fear have affected all areas of life, displacing hundreds of thousands and putting many lives on hold.

When Nyantau Machoch and her six children arrived in Ethiopia’s Jewi refugee camp, they were relieved and grateful to receive nutrient-packed biscuits, the first food they had eaten in days. The family had traveled through the bush on foot from their home in war-torn South Sudan, as gunshots rang out around them. They survived on leaves and wild fruits, which filled their stomachs but made them sick.

The five-year USAID EMPOWER Private Sector project aims to create jobs in Kosovo by helping businesses identify and pursue opportunities for growth. To date, the project, which began in 2014, has assisted 364 Kosovo businesses like Milos and Marta to expand their production and sales. By fostering and encouraging growth opportunities, USAID has stimulated $83.8 million in sales among its beneficiary companies and helped create nearly 3,000 new jobs since 2015.

Heavy clouds loom over the forest that borders 42-year-old Samuel Kosimasi’s farm in Malawi. Here on the border of Liwonde Forest Reserve, Kosimasi hums to himself and leans over a ridge of soil as he expertly inserts leafy vines.

Gulnara’s* problems began when her husband abandoned her, forcing her to care for her 12-year-old daughter alone in Azerbaijan. As a single mother with no more than a high school diploma, she was only able to find occasional work as a house cleaner.

July 2018 — Senad Santic was only 4 years old when he and his family fled to Sweden from Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in 1993, in the midst of war. Like many other Bosnian diaspora, his family maintained close links to his native city of Mostar, spending most summers there after 1996.

Years later, Santic realized he wanted to connect his friends and business networks in Gothenburg, Sweden, with those in Mostar — and that’s exactly what he did.

Univerzitet u Prištini, najveći javni univerzitet na Kosovu, je pri kraju prošle godine pokrenuo centar za inovacije i preduzetništvo koji je prevazišao čak i najviša očekivanja svojih osnivača. Iako su početne sesije obuke bile planirane za 100 studenata, potražnja je naglo prerasla u više od 1.000 aplikanata. Javna predstavljanja, kao što je bio slučaj tokom događaja Žene u preduzetništvu, su se odvijala u rasprodatim dvoranama, sve to u okviru univerziteta koji služi 50.000 studenata.

Kah fundi i vitit të kaluar, Universiteti i Prishtinës i cili njëherit ëshë edhe universiteti më i madh publik në Kosovë, hapi një qendër për inovacion dhe ndërmarrësi e cila tejkaloi pritjet më të larta të themeluesve të saj. Megjithëse sesionet fillestare të trajnimeve ishin planifikuar për 100 studentë, kërkesa u rrit tej mase në mbi 1.000 aplikantë. Prezantimet publike, siç ishte ai me rastin e ngjarjes Gratë në Ndërmarrësi, u mbajtën para auditoriumeve të stërmbushura në kuadër të universitetit i cili u shërben 50.000 studentëve.

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Last updated: July 12, 2021