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.

Over the past six years, USAID has contributed to the development of a “soft border” between the two areas, enabling Sudanese nomadic tribes to access traditional grazing lands in South Sudan each year. Sudanese traders are also able to travel into South Sudan, expanding access to goods.

Western Cote d'Ivoire cities are still deeply divided along political and ethnic lines following violent 2010 elections. Facilitating peace and reconciliation is a daunting task for Ivoirian authorities and civil society, but it is crucial to ensure nonviolent and inclusive presidential elections in 2015.

Where do you start when you’ve lost everything you own? What should you replace first—and how?

For the last decade, Kazakhstani farmers have suffered from the adverse effect of climate change. Impacts include variable rain patterns and early spring droughts.

Nasima’s* life changed after she learned how to sew for a living. The vocational training meant that she could stay home and work, while keeping an eye on her sick husband as well. And her daughter could return to school. Until then, Nasima had to keep the child home while she went out to work as a cleaner.

Afghanistan’s centuries-old carpet industry is looking ahead to a good year for exports with seven carpetmakers signing deals worth millions with buyers from the United States, Turkey and Europe.

Amidst a backdrop of fighting, displacement and hunger, thousands of Somalis are working to overcome the challenges they face and take their future well-being into their own hands. 

In June 2014, USAID granted $350,000 to UNICEF to implement a project providing access to safe water for the people in the region where USAID is also investing in health care improvement. This USAID water project targets four rural communes: Milenaky, Belalanda, Fotadrevo and Ehara.

Nehayet Abbasova, a secondary school teacher from the Shamkir region in Azerbaijan, had long sought the chance to attend educational courses. Despite her aspirations, rural Azerbaijan lacks opportunities for intellectually curious people to obtain new skills or gain practical knowledge.


Last updated: January 20, 2015