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.

Pham Ngoc Yen’s life in Vietnam’s southern province of Vinh Long was difficult. With her husband’s limited income, the family struggled to pay its expenses, especially after Yen underwent a Caesarean section with her third child that exhausted the family’s savings. To bring in more income, a few months after the birth of her child, Yen returned to her work as a seamstress and dealer of handicraft materials.

Salome Mpongoliana was poor, lacked education, and had little control over her family’s finances. But when she joined a women’s group and discovered beekeeping, her fortunes began to change. Read how these women are linking profit and conservation as they pursue a new honey farming enterprise in their northern Tanzanian village.  

In the isolated, serene hills of St. James on Jamaica’s west end sits the quaint little school of Retrieve Primary. The school hosts a total of approximately 120 students from grades 1 to 6. But until 2010, only 30 students attended the school.

Кыргыз Республикасында жыл сайын 5,5 миңден ашуун адамда кургак учук аныкталып чыгат. Бул инфекциялык ооруну дарылабаса, ал өлүмгө алып келиши мүмкүн.

Каждый год в Кыргызской Республике, у более чем 5,5 тыс. человек диагностируется туберкулез, инфекционное заболевание, которое может быть смертельным при отсутствии лечения.

A hybrid training facility and social enterprise is perhaps the only one of its kind on the island of Jamaica. Here, busy young men in blue jumpsuits are learning skills that will help them to build successful businesses and overcome economic disadvantages.

Ольга Чічіна, молода депутатка Харківської міської ради, міркувала над тим, що можна ще зробити задля більш ефективного вирішення проблем громади свого міста.

As the fish cannot live without water, so can’t the Majang community without the forest.” This is a traditional saying of the Majang people of Ethiopia. Despite the intrinsic connection between the Godere forest and the people’s survival, their forest has been shrinking over the last several years.

Sussex, a coastal fishing village in the Western Area Rural district of Sierra Leone, is one of many communities that were affected by Ebola. Before and during the disease outbreak in 2014-2015, the village’s health post for pregnant, lactating mothers and children under 5 was in a deplorable state. The facility had no running water because the only available water pump had broken down and not been repaired, there was no incinerator, the latrines were dilapidated, and there was no bathroom in the delivery room.

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Last updated: June 07, 2017