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.

Khawja Marouf village is located to the west of Faizabad City. Although it is near the Kocha River, agricultural land is scarce and there are limited resources for income generation. Livestock husbandry is the only activity in the community. The majority of people live in poverty.

While many people in southern Afghanistan’s Hilmand Province rely on egg and chicken imports from India, Pakistan, and Iran, the population in and around Lashkar Gah, the capital of Hilmand, enjoy high-quality local poultry products. Thes products come from a state-of-the-art facility recently transitioned from government ownership to a private investor.

Shehzad is a police officer in Qalat who frequently provides security services for Central Asia Development Group (CADG), a USAID implementing partner. He does this in his official capacity, as well as voluntarily during his free time, because he is grateful for the benefits that USAID projects have brought to his community in Zabul Province.

USAID facilitates partnership between community-based organizations and the Afghan government to identify sources of instability and address community grievances through small-scale community level projects.

Social activities and income generating opportunities for women are rare in Farah Province, one of the least developed and insecure areas in the country. Living conditions for women in rural areas are harsh. The majority of women in this province live in poverty and isolation.

Chagcharan City is in the center of Ghor Province. Unlike capital cities elsewhere in the world, women are rarely involved in outdoor and social activities. Here, women’s activities are restricted to domestic chores giving them little to no access to income-generation or self-sufficiency. Employment prospects are among the lowest in the country.

For fifty years, USAID programs have saved and improved millions of lives around the world, advanced American values, increased global stability, and driven economic growth in emerging markets. Our long and proud history of helping developing countries and improving the quality of life of underserved and poor populations worldwide is underpinned by our caring, talented workforce.

Traditionally, rural Afghan women rarely work outside their homes, but years of war and disease have left many households without a primary breadwinner. Strict societal rules keep women at home, taking care of children, cooking, and caring for the family. In addition to tending to the household and the family, widows have been forced to seek employment to meet basic family needs such as food and shelter. When they work, they rarely mix with men and often face threats of violence for not adhering to traditional female roles.

If you are interested in working on the front lines on some of the most pressing global challenges of our times–poverty, hunger, injustice, disease, environmental degradation, and climate change – then USAID is a great place to put your skills, education, and expertise to use.


Last updated: September 04, 2015