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 last 15 years have not been easy since Ruth Dusabe, who lives in Kicukiro on the outskirts of Rwanda's capital, lost her husband Gilbert to illness. Until his death, Gilbert had been the sole breadwinner for their family, which made his death not only emotionally heartbreaking, but a serious economic challenge for Dusabe and her four young children. At the time, she could not afford to rent a house, and even feeding the family was a daunting task without access to land.

Squalid living conditions and social inequality in western Kazakhstan, against a backdrop of highly-profitable oil and gas extraction operations, has been inciting public tensions and dissatisfaction with the government and oil companies. Lack of effective dialogue between communities, civil society, government bodies and large commercial investors has added to the tensions.

Экономика Казахстана одна из наиболее энергоемких в мире, и как следствие, имеет огромный потенциал в энергосбережении. С целью стимулирования экономического роста Правительство Казахстана приняло Закон об Энергосбрежении в 2012 году для того, чтобы увеличить профессиональное сообщество энергоаудиторов и энергоменеджеров, которые будут реализовывать программы по энергоэффективности.

Under a new energy efficiency law passed in 2012, energy-intensive businesses and municipal buildings are required to reduce their energy consumption through energy-saving measures monitored by regular mandatory energy audits. Such monitoring requires the services of experienced energy auditors. Many companies have so far been unable to comply with these requirements, not because of a lack of commitment, but because of the insufficient supply of experienced energy auditors that can carry out this work.

Under a new energy efficiency law passed in 2012, energy-intensive businesses and municipal buildings are required to reduce their energy consumption through energy-saving measures monitored by regular mandatory energy audits. Such monitoring requires the services of experienced energy auditors. Many companies have so far been unable to comply with these requirements, not because of a lack of commitment, but because of the insufficient supply of experienced energy auditors that can carry out this work.

Since Kazakhstan’s adoption of a law on energy saving in 2012, the country has sought to grow its community of energy auditors and energy management professionals to help companies implement energy efficiency programs and boost economic growth.

Gift Food Production Co., which had made pickles for years, wanted to expand. With USAID’s help, it identified a gap in the local market through an April 2013 survey that revealed a demand for pickled garlic. Unfortunately, this was something the company didn’t know how to make

In late 2014, two liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vehicle conversion centers and gas stations opened in the Afghan capital of Kabul, offering budget-conscious motorists a way to run their cars on affordable, eco-friendly fuel.

Каzakhstan is among the world’s 27 high-burden countries for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). Almost one in five new TB cases are MDR-TB, and half of all returning patients who had previously been treated for TB have since contracted MDR-TB.

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Last updated: January 20, 2015