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.

Farkhar is a remote district of Takhar Province that only recently has been connected to the rest of the province with the help of a newly built road. Education and employment opportunities for women are scarce. 

By some estimates, Afghanistan has enough wind potential to meet one-third of the country’s future energy needs. Most of these wind resources are in the west and north, but certain well-known wind corridors are located closer to the capital in Parwan and Kabul provinces.

For the first time, Kabul Municipality’s frontline workers are receiving job safety training. The training program was developed in response to requests from employees that the municipality take steps to improve worker safety.

These metal containers are colored in striking orange – a color that distinguishes municipal property and service improvement projects supported by USAID in six capitals of southern Afghanistan: Kandahar City in Kandahar Province, Lashkar Gah in Hilmand Province, Tirin Kot in Uruzgan Province, Zaranj in Nimroz Province, Nili in Daykundi Province, and Qalat in Zabul Province.

Dand District, located in the province of Kandahar, is a rural area that relies heavily on agriculture to sustain its economy. Due to the destructive forces of war, nature, and neglect, local canals had fallen into disrepair. The municipality lacked the resources to address Dand’s infrastructural development, including its canals. Without urgent rehabilitation, residents would see their only source of livelihood continue to degrade, forcing many to search for scarce alternative sources of income.

Women and girls in the Taloqan District of Takhar Province suffer from poverty and unemployment. “Fifty women came to me the other day asking for some social or economic activities. They have nothing,” says Fazila, director of the Afghan Women Rehabilitation and Skills Development Association.

Sayed Abad in Wardak Province is in the southern district, bordering Logar and Ghazni provinces. The district center is home to about 2,000 individuals of both Pashtun and Tajik ethnicities. The community recognized the need for increased lighting to make the district government compound and local bazaar safer at night.

Easy quick access to market centers allows farmers to reach agricultural retailers, avoid traders offering low prices at the farm gate, and transport more produce at a lower cost and in better condition, all of which contribute to stronger incomes.

Mayor Abdul Khaliq was in a terrible predicament last year. As the mayor of Dehrawud District in Uruzgan Province, he was urgently searching for a way to address the economic hardship, crime, and insurgency plaguing his community. “These are my people,” said the mayor. “It is my responsibility to protect them and take care of them.”


Last updated: September 08, 2015