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.

Crisha*, 7, lives on a remote islet called Silagon in the Philippines’ central region of Cebu. Electricity, fresh water and produce are scarce and expensive for the 300 people who live there. Families must frequently visit the main island of Bantayan — about 40 minutes away by boat — to get basic necessities.

Last year, John could not read the alphabet. Worried that he might have a learning disability, John’s mother, Chesa*, nearly pulled him out of first grade to retake kindergarten. But John’s teacher, Ruffa Maboloc, persuaded Chesa to let John stay in her class because he was clearly committed to learn.

“You can pay me with your money or your life,” a man from the armed group responded when Luis told him that he couldn’t afford the monthly “protection” fee demanded by the group. When the group murdered his best friend who could also not afford to pay, Luis knew that the threat was serious.

According to the International Labor Organization, Albania ranked first in the world this year in youth unemployment. Youth have expressed discontent with the government for not meeting its obligation to them by effectively implementing the National Action Plan 2015-2020, which was designed “to develop and coordinate cross sectoral policies in education, employment, health, culture and enhance youth participation in social life and decision making processes.”  

Since she was a child, Elvira Xhemalaj has been fascinated with nature. She grew up in the Albanian coastal city of Vlore, which is situated along the lush Albanian Riviera between the Adriatic and Ionian seas, separated only by a mountain pass. Growing up surrounded by fauna and flora led her to study biology at a local college.

Рецептот за намаз од мелени печени пиперки, наречен ајвар, има огромна препознатливост на пазарите во поранешна Југославија. Имајки ваков конкурентен производ, се очекува да биде едноставно за „Вори”, - еден од најголемите извозници на ајвар во Македонија - да пристапи до финансиски средства за проширување на производството и зголемување на извозот.

The security crisis in the northern and central regions of Mali has greatly affected the regions of Mopti and Timbuktu, forcing banks and microfinance institutions to move further south. As a result, agricultural producers in the regions have found themselves without any financial institutions to finance their inputs.

Women entrepreneurs in Mali are getting the support they need to take risks, challenge the status quo, access credit and manage their businesses. Cissé Fanta Bah is an agrifood processor and the president of a women producers’ organization called Ton Kamono. She is one of the many rural women benefiting from a USAID mentoring program in the town of Bankass located in the district of Mopti.

A rich combination of roasted red bell peppers and garlic infused with generous amounts of olive oil, ajvar is the most popular dip in countries of the former Yugoslavia. With such a winning product, it should be easy for Vori — one of Macedonia’s largest exporters of ajvar — to borrow funds to increase production and expand its export base


Last updated: May 24, 2021