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.

The growth of small businesses is essential for Haiti’s economic development, but few financial services exist to help connect them with needed credit, preventing many would-be business owners from ever realizing their aspirations.

В начале 2014 года проект ЮСАИД «Читаем вместе» разработал Базовые национальные требования к чтению.  В апреле 2014 года ЮСАИД провело Оценку навыков чтения учащихся начальных классов (ОЧНК) в 130 школах Кыргызской Республики. Результаты ОЧНК показали, что только 26% преподавателей используют эффективные и инновационные методы обучения чтению.  Было также выявлено, что всего 10 % учеников 1 и 2 классов и 1 % учеников 4 класса соответствуют  Базовым национальным требованиям к чтению. Эти факты заставляют задуматься, особенно потому, что слабость навыков чтения отрицательно сказывается на успеваемости школьников по всем остальным предметам и существенно ограничивает их возможность получения новых знаний.  


Climate change is a serious threat to food security and agriculture in Vietnam. Nearly 1.1 million hectares, or 70 percent of the country’s total cultivable land, is threatened by a sea level rise of just 1 meter.

The State Agency for Geology and Mineral Resources (SAGMR) of the Kyrgyz Republic is responsible for implementing mining policy, regulating geological exploration and licensing procedures, and conducting tenders and auctions. It is also responsible for informing local communities about policy changes and legal regulations. Despite the wide range of responsibilities, the agency lacked the capacity to effectively manage communication with stakeholders which led to conflicts between mining companies and local communities, slowed production rates, and decreased the sector attractiveness for the investors. Research conducted in eight districts of the Kyrgyz Republic in 2012 showed that many people have a negative attitude to mining companies. 

Nuridin Erjigitov, an apple farmer in the Nookat rayon in the Osh province located in the South of the Kyrgyz Republic, faces a problem every autumn: he has more apples than he can sell at a good price. Thousands of other small-scale farmers in Nookat rayon, a major apple producer for the Kyrgyz market, also face this same challenge.  They can choose to sell the apples when market prices are low due to high supply, or store the apples and sell later when supply is low and prices are high.  Many small-scale farmers, however, sell when prices are low because they lack access to suitable storage facilities and knowledge of proper postharvest techniques.

Gulnaz Baiturova started her tailoring business «Inesse» in 2012. Her main customers are women and children and her main products are evening and casual dresses, blouses, skirts and pants. Despite her business being steady, Gulnaz felt that in order for her business to grow she needed a solid plan. She made a few attempts to develop a business plan by herself, but without much experience and guidance she failed to complete it. “I tried to write a business plan but only did so partially with the rest of the plan still in my mind, without a clear description…” says Gulnaz.

Tháng 4/2015 – Chị Nguyễn Thị Hằng, một bà mẹ với 2 con đang trong tuổi đến trường, hiện sinh sống tại tỉnh Vĩnh Long thuộc đồng bằng sông Cửu Long, nơi tỷ lệ hộ nghèo cao trong các cộng đồng dân tộc thiểu số. Trong 14 năm qua, chị kiếm sống nuôi gia đình từ nghề đan giỏ và thảm bằng lục bình.

Fish farmers in parts of Indonesia are sometimes left fishing for answers when they have questions regarding their work, and delays in responses can be costly. But through mobile technology, access to an informational database or live help from an expert is now available at their fingertips.

When Kosovo’s new decentralized judicial structure went into effect in January 2013, courts had a better model for efficiency moving forward, but faced an uphill battle in tackling the many cases left unresolved under the old system.


Last updated: August 10, 2015