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.

For years, Nadia’s* life looked like a losing struggle for survival. Today, she has the stability and security that seemed desperately out of reach only a couple years ago.

 In October 2014, Serhiy* was released from prison in Ukraine, but the long-awaited moment concealed an insidious threat that hangs over him and other ex-convicts who are recovering from multi-drug resistant TB: In working to restart their lives, many newly released former convicts neglect their health needs.

Jan. 2015—Fermerët kosovar të trangujve të vegjël të tipit kornishon nuk janë më në zgripc, duke i falënderuar ndihmës së USAID-it e cila u mundësoi rritjen dramatike të prodhimit të kësaj kulture mjaft të kërkuar, dhe atë në mënyrë të qëndrueshme dhe fitimprurëse.

Kosovski uzgajivači kornišona nisu više u škripcu, zahvaljujuči USAID-u, koji im je pomogao da dramatično povećaju proizvodnju ovog traženog useva na održiv i profitabilan način.

Most Ukrainian small and medium sized agriculture producers (SMPs) are forced to sell their produce at the height of the harvest season in local informal markets or through rent-seeking middlemen due to a lack of market infrastructure and logistics systems. At the mercy of buyers, producers often feel compelled to accept whatever price they are offered or risk spoiling of their unsold fruits and vegetables.

The city of Sabha, located in Libya’s southwestern corner, suffered a spike in intercommunal violence in 2014. Many of the deadly clashes were driven by Sabha’s youth.

Kosovo, like many other European countries, has a huge appetite for gherkins—the immature fruit of the cucumber plant. Home canners and industrial processors alike pickle and preserve the fresh-picked young cucumbers in late summer and early fall. Pickles are a mainstay of many a traditional winter meal.

Business owner Alisher Abdullajonov, founder of VOOLEN TEKS, had long wanted to expand his company’s exports to Kazakhstan, but was hindered by a lack of business contacts with Kazakhstani importers. After contacting the Tashkent Chamber of Commerce and Industry and inquiring about how to expand into new markets, Abdullajonov was referred to a USAID project that significantly changed the course of his business.

Nearly 1 million Central Africans have been displaced by sectarian clashes since 2013. The inability to earn an income, compounded by trade and harvest disruptions, has had a tremendously negative impact on the economy and people’s ability to meet their basic needs.


Last updated: March 22, 2016