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.

Sayeda Korga is one of the pilot interns participating in USAID Promote: Women in Government program. She began the practicum portion of the internship program with the Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) in March 2016. Sayeda’s dedication, hard work and willingness to work in government influenced the librarian to encourage her to consider applying for a permanent position.

A year after graduating from Kabul University, Mohammad had gone on numerous interviews, but had yet to land a job. When interviewers asked him to show his practical skills with financial software, most often QuickBooks, he couldn’t do it. “In the university there was no chance of practical work in financial software,” he says.

Mohammad Dawood, a farmer from Dara Zhowandoon village of central Aybak, had sown six jeribs (1.2 hectares) of wheat this season that were largely infested with weeds. Having attended RADP-North’s weed control training, he applied herbicides to control them.

Mursal Naseer was an architecture student at the Civil Engineering Faculty of Kabul Polytechnic University when she joined the 2011-2016 Afghan Women Engineering Internship Program (AESP) in January 2016. The program provided internship opportunities for female students enrolled in civil, mechanical, electrical or architectural engineering and related programs in their final academic years.

Getting into Afghanistan civil service is not an easy thing to do, especially for women with no professional experience. But the situation is changing these days, thanks to the USAID Promote: Women in Government whose aim is to train women for government jobs that will eventually position them in decision-making roles.

Mercy Edward was pregnant when fighting erupted near the home she and her husband Abraham Charles Zinone shared in Western Equatoria, South Sudan, in May 2015. The civil war that began in the capital, Juba, in December 2013 had now spread west.

Garambé was once one of the rural towns hardest hit with malaria in Guinea. Everyone was expected to take a turn with the disease when the rainy season started. People were resigned to having malaria, thinking that it was something they just had to accept. The nearest health center was several kilometers away, and the only antimalarial medicine available there was chloroquine.

Pune energije i inspirisana trogodišnjim studijama u oblasti dizajna enterijera na Institutu za dizajn u Fiorentini, Italija, Arijana Canhasi se vratila na Kosovo – sa diplomom u ruci – da radi za malo drvnoprerađivačko preduzeće svoje porodice. Ne baš dizajn enterijera, ali dosta blizu, pomislila je.

Rajabmo Nazarova is one of many female farmers in the Khatlon province of southern Tajikistan who face difficulties feeding her large family. Although agriculture is the main industry in the region, undernutrition remains very high in Khatlon. In particular, children under 5 years old and women of reproductive age are most vulnerable to undernourishment. One in three children are stunted.


Last updated: March 16, 2018