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 Ilirjana Gafurri, a political party activist from Peja, Kosovo, won a seat on her local council six years ago, she became an advocate for issues such as better health care and women’s equality in her community. But Gafurri had to struggle to make her voice heard in the predominantly male body, where women are often perceived as being passive or not as qualified.

Wassel Berrayana, director of a company called Proxym-IT, credits his unorthodox hiring policy—recruiting fresh college graduates­—with fueling his firm’s rapid growth. Whereas many Tunisian employers shy away from recent graduates’ lack of experience, Berrayana sees it as a source of initiative and creativity.

With the loss of his mother when he was only 8 years old, Rico Auguste became the primary wage earner for his family, which consisted of himself and his two little brothers. To support his family, Rico was forced to quit school and find work as a porter on a local bus traveling between Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, and Jérémie, a town located in the southwestern tip of Haiti.

Sewage management is one of Afghanistan’s biggest environmental and health challenges. Currently, sewage from homes, businesses and industrial sites is discharged directly into the streets and local waterways. Most municipalities have limited or no treatment capacity and so the sewage inevitably enters the groundwater, contaminating wells and spreading disease.

It might have seemed an enormous leap of faith for Nazifa Ufyani to resign her bank job and start a pickle factory in her kitchen with just $50 as seed capital.

USAID and the WFP are working together on a program that feeds the large refugee population while supporting smallholder farmers within Rwanda. 

Rich natural resources enable Georgia to produce high-quality vegetables, yet Georgians have long depended on imports from neighboring countries, especially during the off-season. The country's 2010 off-season tomato and cucumber crops were enough to cover only about 3 percent of local consumption, while the rest was imported.

The food voucher card is part of WFP’s USAID-supported emergency operation in 14 drought-hit provinces in northern and central Afghanistan.

Motivated and informed teachers influence student achievement. USAID is helping to inspire Georgian teachers through innovative training designed to increase primary school students’ reading and math skills.

In April 2013, USAID, through its Georgia Primary Education (G-PriEd) project, kicked off its training for grade 1-6 math and reading teachers from 122 Georgian language and ethnic minority primary schools. Over 1,200 primary teachers, including 167 from ethnic minority schools, are participating in the training program during the project’s 2013-2014 pilot phase. 


Last updated: January 16, 2015