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 30 years, Suratgar’s press was well-known for its hand-painted billboards and customer service. But by 2013, digital printing had arrived in Mazar-e-Sharif and Suratgar Printing Press’s outdated production processes couldn’t compete. Suratgar knew he had to upgrade, but never had sufficient collateral to secure a bank loan.

Hanan Shah Agha proudly calls himself a full-time motorbike mechanic. It is a marked step up from being unemployed and without prospects, before he graduated from a 78-day vocational training program on motorcycle repair.

 Les communautés de la lointaine localité sénégalaise de Coumbacara et des villages frontaliers avec la Guinée-Bissau ont eu un impact significatif sur les relations intercommunautaires et la libre circulation des personnes et des biens. Des conflits récurrents liés au foncier et aux parcours du bétail ont eu lieu entre éleveurs et agriculteurs, et entre les villages

e mil occupe une place de choix dans le secteur agricole à Paoskoto, dans le département de Nioro au Sénégal. Toutefois, les techniques culturales non-durables pratiquées jusqu’à récemment et la faible qualité des semences ont donné des rendements faibles de l’ordre de 500 à 600 kg/ha

Standing tall in a pink Morogoro Nursing College uniform, it is hard to believe that Laudekia Nyamanda was ever one of these girls. Her current status is even more improbable because, by the age of 15, she was a single mother, cast out by her family due to the stigma of teenage pregnancy. With an infant, scraps of an education and no community support, Nyamanda’s future promised poverty, not nursing college.

Imagine a disease that almost exclusively afflicts the poorest, most isolated communities. Not only can this disease rob its victims of the ability to use their hands and feet, but it stigmatizes them, leaving them disabled, poverty-stricken and isolated from their homes and communities.

One of these scientists is Dyah Marganingrum, a water management expert. In her native Indonesia, the urban poor are particularly at risk for not having enough clean water. According to Indonesia’s Ministry of National Development Planning, nearly 70 percent of urban households do not have access to a piped water supply and 30 percent do not have access to the most basic sanitation.

Oleksiy Shostak, the mayor of Malyn, a city located in north central Ukraine, smiled with satisfaction as he watched a group of third graders leaving Malyn School #1. This past winter, three schools in the city switched from natural gas to biofuel heating. 

Nahid Alefi saw a business opportunity in the increasing numbers of Afghan women working outside the family home. They needed help with the housework, she reasoned, and set up the Shahre Safa Cleaning Services Co. in Kabul.


Last updated: May 28, 2015