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 2017—Stanley Kimeli has seen his harvest double since joining a local youth group in western Kenya called Kilima Tumaini, or Mount Hope. With only a primary school education, he did not know how to farm profitably before joining the group in 2007.

Although the region is known as the breadbasket of Kenya, local small-scale farmers like Kimeli have not always had the resources or opportunities to compete with larger growers in major commercial agricultural markets.

With the support of USAID’s Justice System Strengthening Program, 16 recent law school graduates were given the opportunity to work alongside judges as legal clerks in Kosovo’s courts to help conduct research, draft decisions, and move cases through the system. In turn, judges serve as mentors for the next wave of judicial employees, while receiving critical assistance from these young professionals in closing years-old cases.

The deep green forests of Songkhone district in Laos’s Savannakhet province are attractive to look at, and draw a lot of attention from villagers who forage and hunt between the trees. Long days looking for wild pigs, birds, grasshoppers and bamboo to feed the family stretch into the night, and people often sleep in the forest.

Since February 2017, USAID, through its Maternal and Child Survival Program, has supported the institute’s School of Midwifery. The program helps fill critical teaching gaps by supporting faculty salaries and fostering a quality learning environment.

August 2017— A city boy himself, 27-year-old Trimor Hyseni never dreamt that he would one day become a successful raspberry farmer and an inspiration to young people in Kosovo.

In spring 2016, using his own resources, he bought 24,000 superior-quality raspberry canes and planted them on 3 hectares of land, which he leased. His idea to start a business in agriculture and invest in growing raspberries came through much study and discussion with existing growers.

Households in the Central African Republic (CAR) would normally be tending and harvesting their crops from July to September, during the peak rainy season. This year, however, surging conflict has forced thousands of farmers to abandon their fields. As a result, weeds are overtaking land that once provided income and food for Central African families.

Août 2017 - A la recherche d'un site pour sa nouvelle usine de vêtements, Aka Philippe Kouamé décide de s'installer à Abobo, un quartier d'Abidjan qui se remet lentement des ravages de la guerre civile de la Côte d'Ivoire en 2011 et où le taux de chômage, de vol et de banditisme est élevé.

"J'ai voulu construire cette usine à Abobo pour aider les jeunes à sortir de la violence et de la pauvreté", a déclaré Kouame, fondateur d'O'sey Collection.

Août 2017 - Elevés dans des familles d'agriculteurs au nord de la Côte d'Ivoire, Coulibaly Zana Sina et son ami d'enfance Justin Ake Koffi se souviennent de l'époque où les noix de cajou avaient si peu de valeur, que les anacardiers étaient délaissés et utilisés pour clôturer les champs au profit de cultures plus rentables telles que la mangue et le maïs.

Following decades of conflict and insecurity, Somalia knows too well the costs of corruption on economic, political and social development. From 2010 to 2016, Somalia was perceived to be one of the world’s most corrupt countries, according to Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index.

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Last updated: May 24, 2018