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.

It’s bad enough to be an internally displaced person fleeing for your life in Nigeria. But to be a female on the run with seven children between the ages of 1 month and 13 years is unimaginable.

Quiet and clean, e-trikes are all the rage on the streets of Borocay Island in the Philippines. These electric-powered bikes are replacing ubiquitous gasoline-operated tricycles that are one of the main sources of transportation

Tania Khatun and her family have seen their quality of life improve at the flip of a switch. No longer in the dark, she and her children are enjoying cooler nights and more enjoyable and productive evenings thanks to the sun’s rays collected through new solar panels.

Novembar 2015— Poboljšanje ekonomskog rasta je teško ako je polovina stanovništva iskčljučena. Nažalost, učešće žena u radnoj snazi na Kosovu je najniže u Evropi. Ipak, USAID pomaže ženama u poboljšanju njhovih veština i povećanju prihoda.

Manje od 10 odsto preduzeća na Kosovu je pod upravom ili u vlasništvu žena, dok se samo 3 odsto od svih poslovnih kredita dodeljuje ženama. Broj žena preduzetnika na Kosovu je takođe među najnižima u regionu, i žene često nailaze na više prepreka nego muškarci kada pokušavaju da osnuju biznis.

Nëntor 2015—Përmirësimi i rritjes ekonomike është i vështirë nëse gjysma e popullsisë është e papërfshirë. Mjerisht, pjesëmarrja e femrave në fuqinë punëtore të Kosovës është më e ulta në Europë. Megjithatë, USAID-i po u ndihmon grave në përmirësimin e shkathtësive dhe rritjen e të ardhurave.  

Sima Sajadi, a 25-year-old high school teacher, attended a training in Kabul in April on best teaching methods. Twenty-two private school teachers, both employed and those searching for work, attended the training. The teachers study active, practical teaching methods like role-playing, discussion groups, brainstorming and networking.

Like many traditional Afghan farmers in the Panjwayi district of Kandahar province, Mohammad Salim once grew poppies to support his family.

These performances have drawn more than 6,600 spectators from across the four provinces since April. Farmers laughed along with friends and neighbors, but also walked away with valuable knowledge. Shows have covered topics such as pomegranate harvest techniques, vaccinating against livestock diseases, and wheat fertilizer application.

Improving economic growth is difficult if half the population is excluded. Sadly, female participation in Kosovo’s workforce is one of the lowest in Europe. However, USAID is assisting women to improve their skills and their incomes.

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Last updated: April 20, 2016