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.

September 2013Less than a year after their country's liberation, nearly 2 million Libyans participated in the country’s first free elections in over 40 years on July 7, 2012. Voters of all ages celebrated the event, showing off their electoral stain, which quickly became known as “patriotic henna."

While the road to electing a General National Congress was relatively smooth, the upcoming step of forming a commission to draft a new constitution is an impending challenge in the transition.

Before and after the Tunisian Revolution in December 2010, bloggers played a critical role in information disseminationspreading news, ideas and accounts of human rights violations.

Conditions improved after USAID’s Regional Afghan Municipalities Program for Urban Populations (RAMP UP) South program helped Kandahar City municipality build a new controlled site for waste. The site’s walls are compacted earth and it has a clay liner system that can withstand heavy vehicle movement. It can contain waste water.

Tens of thousands of farmers across Hilmand and Kandahar provinces didn’t necessarily see the benefit of working with the government and cooperatives.  That perception changed because of the USAID funded Afghanistan Vouchers for Increased Production in Agriculture Plus (AVIPA Plus).

Ghazi Park is centrally located and close to important shopping districts. Kandahar City officials regard it as key to their economic strategy. A beautiful park would draw residents to the area – for shopping and recreation. Apart from the aesthetic benefits, property prices would rise. It would also provide intrinsic environmental benefits and improve the quality of life.

In the country where the Arab Awakening began in 2010, a new generation of Tunisian business leaders, with help from American partners, is building the critical skills to again lead the region. But this time, the focus is on economic development, job creation and small business formation.

On June 28, 2013, 63 Tunisians—many of them women and young adults—received their certificates of graduation in counselor and director training from the USAID-funded Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program.

For Spin Boldak, a border town in southern Afghanistan, the business permit is more than just a piece of paper. It is a sustainable growth strategy.

For families living in Bangladesh, putting enough food on the table can be a daily struggle. Natural disasters, poor health and hygiene services, and high unemployment are just some of the issues facing the 37 million Bangladeshis considered to be food insecure.

Katchy Kollections Director Jennifer Mulli desires global recognition for her brand—Jiamini—Kiswahili for “believe in yourself.” It’s a bold goal for someone who has only been in business for three years. But given her current trajectory, Mulli may very well succeed.

Mulli’s family-run Kenyan business sells clothing and accessories inspired by “a deep affection for its African cultural heritage and wealth of design possibilities influenced by the Western fashion scene.” They specialize in detailing their products with high-quality beading.


Last updated: January 15, 2015