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 Tsesna Astyk Group of Companies produces high-quality food products from domestic grain. USAID’s Regional Economic Cooperation Project (REC) has been working with Tsesna Astyk since 2012 to help the company meet international production standards.

Istogu, në pjesën veriperëndimore të Kosovës, është njëra prej komunave më periferike në vend. Për afro 40.000 banorët e këtij rajoni, të shpërndarë në qytet dhe 50 fshatrat që e rrethojnë, bujqësia dhe turizmi përbëjnë bazën e zhvillimit ekonomik.

Istok, na severozapadnom delu Kosova, je jedna od najzabačenijih opština u zemlji. Za oko 40.000 stanovnika ovog regiona rasprostrtih po gradu i njegovih 50 okolnih sela, poljoprivreda i turizam čine osnovu ekonomskog razvoja. 

Zivax Maxi, a family owned children’s wear manufacturer, is one of the many small enterprises in Moldova that have struggled to turn a profit. The company, founded in 2003, faced challenges in product quality, customer awareness and distribution.

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.


Last updated: December 31, 2014