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.

ProdEco, a company that specializes in growing tomatoes, cucumbers, and sweet peppers in greenhouses in the town of Vladimirovca, in the Transnistrian region of Moldova, has tripled its total vegetable production over the past two years. But such success was not wholly predicted. It took exposure to the right elements to realize such marked gains

After Russia imposed a ban on Moldovan fresh fruit in 2014, finding new markets looked like an impossible dream. But selling apples to the largest foreign supermarket chain in Romania only a few months later really brought export potential into focus.

Ірина* дізналася про те, що в неї туберкульоз, будучи вагітною, коли ставала на облік в жіночій консультації і готувалася до пологів. В сім'ї вже була одна дитина, вони з чоловіком з трепетом чекали на другу дитину.

U.N. officials have repeatedly warned of a risk of genocide in the Central African Republic (CAR). More than half of the country’s population is in need of humanitarian assistance. Almost 900,000 have been forcibly displaced by violence touched off in late 2012 by conflict between rebel and government forces.

Istog/Istok in northwest Kosovo is one of the country’s most remote municipalities. With the region’s approximately 40,000 residents spread across the town and its 50 surrounding villages, agriculture and tourism form the basis of its developing economy.

Микола Полицький, голова кооперативу «Золота бджола», був у захваті від перспективи експорту меду на ринки країн західної Європи в рамках анонсованої Україною Угоди про асоціацію з ЄС та відповідно Угоди про поглиблену і всеохоплюючу зону вільної торгівлі (ПВЗВТ), підписання яких планувалось Урядом України. 

For the past two decades, Natalia Bogdanova grew vegetables on her half-acre plot in Ukraine’s village of Mala Kardashynka in Kherson oblast. She built several plastic-covered greenhouses on her property to protect her seedlings from hail, strong winds and mild frost. But recent unseasonably cold winters extended into early spring, overwhelming the basic greenhouses and reducing cucumber and tomato yields.

31-річний Сергій заходить до офісу Всеукраїнської мережі ЛЖВ (Мережа) у Кривому Розі з широкою посмішкою і словами вдячності. І хоча він вже не є клієнтом Мережі, проте часто з’являється там, щоб подякувати за підтримку і турботу, яку він тут отримував.  

Seven-year-old Bridget Mandalai stood quietly next to her father, Hardwick, waiting patiently as a long line of people trailed behind them. The rainy season was over but winter’s coolness was still far off, and green grass was yielding to the ubiquitous red dust that defines Malawi’s dry season. To pass the time, Bridget bent down, picked up a stick, and started making shapes in a patch of dirt. The shapes turned into letters that turned into words, and her father watched with amazement.


Last updated: April 25, 2017