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.

Due to its tumultuous history, the country’s rugged mountains and breathtaking vistas have largely been a secret kept by the traders and shepherds that have called them home for centuries—until recently. A group of local tour operators is now working to broadcast that secret, promoting Europe’s youngest country as its newest adventure travel destination

It all started in the 1980s, when he was 18. A classmate proposed that he travel from Lima, Peru, to Tocache, a province in the Peruvian Amazon known for its fruits. He intended to find work and save enough money to finish his studies at the university.

The Burgunske Farm in Ukraine’s Kherson oblast may finally realize a long-held ambition to become the leading fruit producer of the region. The farm increased its area of irrigated land fourfold—from 115 hectares to between 430 and 545 hectares—by constructing a new water supply pipeline.

Hanna*, a former injection drug user and person living with HIV in Ukraine, was diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) in 2008. When she was arrested in 2009, she had already undergone three months of TB treatment. She initially served her time at a specialized TB penal colony in Ternopil and then moved to a regular female penal colony in Kharkiv oblast.

Septembar 2016 – Faruk Kosumi je rođeni prodavac, ali insistira na tome da njegov najnoviji poduhvat – prvo preduzeće na Kosovu za reciklažu staklenog otpada – sam sebe prodaje. „Ono što napravimo više je od pukog proizvoda, to je umetnost“, objašnjava 32-godišnji direktor.

Shtator 2016 – Faruk Kosumi ka aftësi të lindura për shitje, por këmbëngul se investimi i tij më i ri – fabrika e parë e riciklimit të mbeturinave të qelqit në Kosovë – do të shesë veten. "Produkti final nuk do është thjesht produkt, por art" – shpjegon ky tridhjetedyvjeçar, drejtues i biznesit.

Vlada Republike Srbije napravila je velike korake u oblasti poštovanja prava pripadnika LGBTI populacije, što je najvidljivije bilo 2014. i 2015. godine kada je omogućila da se održe Parade ponosa. Te poslednje parade su protekle mirno, što je očigledna suprotnost u odnosu na prethodne godine tokom kojih je ovaj događaj uvek bio otkazivan zbog pretnji nasiljem. Iako su nedavno održane parade bile vrlo uspešne, još uvek postoje brojna nerešena pitanja. 

Energy efficiency in the building sector is becoming a key area of interest in Vietnam, where energy consumption is growing quickly as a result of increasing industrialization and urbanization. In 2012, the building sector accounted for 38 percent of the country’s power consumption, and energy demand is expected to increase as the urban population continues to grow.

Samnang*, a 33-year-old from Banteay Meanchey province in Cambodia, learned the hard way that working abroad without the right documents is not worth the enormous risk. Thai authorities deported him after they discovered him working illegally in the construction sector in Prachinburi province.


Last updated: April 27, 2015