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.

When Afghanistan adopted the internationally recognized system of tariff nomenclature for traded goods, it was testimony to the skills of the analysts employed by its federal ministry of commerce and industries. From July 2011, its Trade Policy Analysis Unit has been producing a stream of data that is helping Afghanistan expand its reach in the global marketplace.   

When a team of government surveyors arrived in Gurbuz, a district in the eastern Afghan province of Khost, it was more than a sign that a road would be built in the area. It was the first step in the process of resolving a bitter tribal dispute.

«Я хотел оставить школу, потому что я не мог читать и писать. Я думал, что уйти из школы - это самое легкое, что я мог бы предпринять», сказал Тилло Гоибов, девятиклассник из Восейского района Таджикистана.

Отец Тилло и старшие братья идут ежедневно на поиски работы, в то время как его мать заботиться о семье, в которой десять детей. «У нас тяжелая жизнь», сказала его мать.  «Откровенно говоря, я не получила образования, поэтому я не могу помочь моим детям в выполнении домашнего задания. Тилло не мог читать и писать, и мы хотели забрать его из школы».

Georgia's Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs (MOLSHA) call center receives up to 3,000 calls per day and is one of the primary means of keeping the public informed about health insurance and other social programs.

“I wanted to drop out of school because I couldn’t read and write. I thought quitting was the easiest thing to do,” said Tillo Ghoibov, a ninth-grader in the Vose district of Tajikistan.

Tillo’s father and older brothers go daily in search of work while his mother tends to their household of 10 children. “We have a hard life,” said his mother. “Frankly, I am uneducated, so I cannot help my children with their homework. Tillo couldn’t read and write, and we wanted to take him out of school.”

Nilab is the ADF’s Information Technology manager. She helps maintain its ‘brain’ or the credit administration system that holds centralized records of all transactions. This includes a revolutionary credit delivery scheme for farmers, which works through ‘smart’ cards that can be used at participating stores to buy farm supplies.

Demrasi’s problems were hardly unique. Like other villages in Kandahar’s Panjwai district, it was stuck in a cycle of woe that went from drought to deluge and back again. For more than a decade, Demrasi struggled to grow food. The crops withered without adequate irrigation even as years of flooding laid waste to the fields. Slowly, Demrasi’s impoverished farmers started to leave in search of work in nearby cities and towns. The 150 households in the village often went to bed hungry.

When the Afghanistan Rural Finance Company’s clients asked for Islamic loans, its president and CEO turned to USAID for help. Hashmat Amarkhail knew what his clients wanted - murabaha or financing compliant with sharia, which shares profit and loss between borrower and lender. But he didn’t know how the Company could provide it.

Maliha Nasrat was playing in the yard at home in Kabul when she was hit by a stray bullet. The seven-year-old had become yet another casualty of the civil war that raged in Afghanistan in the 1990s.


Last updated: January 16, 2015