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.

Mangrove trees serve as a buffer between land and sea in Cambodia, helping to prevent soil erosion and protect livelihoods. They are also vital to conserving the environment because they serve as a carbon “sink”—storing more carbon than they release.

Two-wheel tractors are changing the landscape for Afghan farmers in more ways than one. They're changing the types of crops farmers grow, the cost to grow them, and the amount of income from crop sales and agricultural services.

Internships are providing women engineering students in Afghanistan with the experience they need to compete for jobs in a profession dominated by men.

Лютий 2016— Доступність до медичних закладів в Україні може покращитися лише коли медперсонал краще зрозуміє, з якими обмеженнями у пересуванні стикаються люди з інвалідністю.

Once home to a thriving coffee industry, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) saw coffee production and export steadily decline during recent decades of instability and conflict. Now, with international demand for specialty coffee at an all-time high, the country is reviving its coffee sector and starting to regain its place as a leading coffee producer.

Februar 2016 — Kako je Srbija izgradila razumevanje i podršku javnosti za jednu veoma tehničku temu, što može dovesti da unapređenja ekonomskog razvoja zemlje?

Stopa nezaposlenosti među mladima u Srbiji je skoro 50 odsto, ali oni počinju da ispisuju novu stranicu u tehnološkom sektoru koja tu brojku može da promeni. 

As Burkina Faso prepared for its elections in summer and fall 2015, many across the country worried about the potential for unrest. The ban of several candidates and detention of party members by Burkinabe authorities shortly before election season only added to the fear that citizens—in particular, youth—would resort to violence to voice their discontent.

Thirty-eight-year-old Jennifer, a hairdresser and single mother of four, has been HIV-positive for 14 years. While she is now a strong activist and advocate for the HIV community, this was not always the case. In 1999, when she first learned of her positive status, she feared the stigma that the virus carried with it and, more importantly, the impact that it would have on her children’s lives and futures.


Last updated: April 27, 2015