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Transforming Lives

Vesna Budnjar monitors the progress of drying mushrooms and rosehips in a drying chamber in Kalinovik, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

January 2018—Rising at the crack of dawn, getting to bed late at night, and in the hours in between, struggling to protect the only thing that fed her family and paid the bills—that is what Vesna Budnjar’s days used to look like.

Silvana Vidović with goods she baked in her kitchen in Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

January 2018—Cakes and pastries have been Silvana Vidović’s passion since early childhood. When she was a little girl, she would sneak up, steal some dough from her mother’s bowl, and form it into all kinds of shapes for baking.

Sulejman Abazović, youth leader and peace activist in Bistrica, stands next to images of local youth working together to improve their communities.

The situation in Bistrica was pretty bad, but it is slowly improving, and communication and cooperation among youth now is impressive,” said Sulejman Abazović, a young resident of that community, with a smile.

Zurnal’s ‘TV Affair’ cover page for documentaries uncovering corruption.

Over the past few years, a small, independent media outlet has been—bit-by-bit and story-by-story—pulling back the curtain that has hidden corruption in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) since the war in the 1990s.

USAID played a major role in the final passage of the Federation of BiH's Energy Efficiency Law.

You might not see how energy efficiency has an effect on you, your life or business, but you will feel it. You will feel it because saving energy is one of the few things that can save you money, improve the economy, protect the environment, strengthen energy security, and enhance the overall quality of life.

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Last updated: January 12, 2018

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