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.

For Shamim and Mohammad Hafiz, microfinance is a business partner that they cannot do without. Each received a small loan to expand their business and each says the capital made a big difference to profits and prospects. Small loans can bring about big change. Small businesses often need just a small amount to implement big changes and bring their businesses to a sustainable level. 

Insurgents killed Babo’s husband three years ago, and soon after the grieving widow’s four sons left home as well. There was little work for them in their home district of Arghandab in Afghanistan’s volatile southern province of Kandahar. Babo’s sons headed for the city but their remittances home were sporadic. “My children sent money when they can, but I couldn’t always rely on it,” recalls Babo.

In Vietnam, villagers and authorities bent on halting the spread of avian influenza are now adept at stopping infected chickens from crossing the road. And they are gaining ground on the bigger challenge of keeping hens and ducks from crossing the country's borders to prevent outbreaks which threaten vast flocks of poultry and human health.

Tại Việt Nam, người dân địa phương và chính quyền trước đây gặp nhiều khó khăn trong ngăn chặn sự lây lan dịch bệnh thì giờ đây đã rất thành thạo trong việc kiểm soát để người dân không thả rông gia cầm nhiễm bệnh. Và họ đang ngày càng kiểm soát tốt hơn nạn buôn lậu gia cầm xuyên biên giới để ngăn chặn các ổ dịch bùng phát gây đe dọa cho các đàn gia cầm lớn và sức khỏe con người.

For years, Nadir Shah Kot district in eastern Afghanistan was so badly affected by insurgent violence it was off-limits to Afghan government agencies, and crucial irrigation infrastructure and flood barriers fell into disrepair. The district depends on agriculture but the crops withered without adequate irrigation even as years of flooding laid waste to fields.

Five students from a rural Afghan college decided to enter a grueling legal competition but they faced a few problems: 1. The contest was in English, a language they didn’t speak; 2. They didn’t have a coach; and 3. They had to study at night, but without a reliable power supply the lighting often failed, plunging the rooms into blackness.

Despite cloudy skies and chilly weather, crowds of excited children rushed to use Kabul’s newly inaugurated Shirino Park. The park features a playground with brightly colored slides, swings, and other equipment that drew animated chatter from the children and praise from community members attending the opening ceremony.

Một cơn sốt kéo dài đã làm thay đổi cuộc đời của Trịnh Thị Vưởng khi em mới 2 tuổi. Vưởng là con lớn trong một gia đình nông thôn nghèo có năm anh chị em thuộc dân tộc thiểu số Rắc Lây ở tỉnh Bình Thuận. Sau đợt sốt kéo dài, một chân của Vưởng dần dần bị liệt hoàn toàn. Tuổi thơ của Vưởng trôi qua cùng với chiếc nạng gỗ và lúc đầu Vưởng cũng vui vẻ chấp nhận nó với sự hồn nhiên của trẻ thơ. Tuy nhiên, khi Vưởng dần trưởng thành, chiến nạng gỗ đã dần dần trở nên nặng nề.

There’s a reason that Zamarai Kot is locally dubbed ‘Mushkil’. The Dari word means problem and Zamarai Kot village, in Paktika province in southeastern Afghanistan, has long been beset by multiple problems. Damaged irrigation infrastructure has meant low crop yield and the village is in an area affected by insurgent activity.


Last updated: January 20, 2015