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.

On Sept. 17, 2014, nearly half a million Fijian citizens went to the polls to elect all 50 members of parliament. It marked the first national elections since a 2006 coup.

Serge Jean Baptiste, a civil engineer student and mechanical technician, established his metal works business in 2003 to fabricate iron gates and roof frames for houses. He first entered the cooking technology business by making covers for the “Bip Ti Cherie,” a small gas camping stove. He then transitioned to making kerosene stoves, and finally started to manufacture propane stoves.

For women in the southern region of Malawi, access to skilled birth attendants is exceptionally difficult. Because the Traditional Authority of Makata has a health center with no maternity wing, pregnant women must travel long distances, often on foot for as long as three hours, to reach the closest birth facility.

The vast majority of rural communities in Cambodia are entirely dependent on community water supply ponds for drinking water during the dry season because groundwater is either not available or is too deep to reach easily. If there is a prolonged dry season, access to safe drinking water becomes a serious issue. And with the recent changing of climatic patterns, the likelihood and severity of extended dry periods is increasing.

As Ukrainians continue to flee the conflict zone in the eastern region of the country, internally displaced persons (IDPs) are receiving critical assistance as NGOs and government ramp up efforts to meet their increasing needs

The town of Duékoué in western Côte d'Ivoire was among the worst hit during the country’s 2010-2011 post-electoral crisis. Violence centered on the neighborhoods of Kokoma and Carrefour, where nearly 1,000 died in clashes between ethnic groups.

Через брак організованої інфраструктури ринку та систем логістики, більшість малих і середніх сільськогосподарських виробників (фермерів) часто вимушені збувати свою продукцію на місці – у розпал сезону збирання врожаю на місцевих неорганізованих ринків чи через недобросовісних посередників. 

For years, Nadia’s* life looked like a losing struggle for survival. Today, she has the stability and security that seemed desperately out of reach only a couple years ago.

 In October 2014, Serhiy* was released from prison in Ukraine, but the long-awaited moment concealed an insidious threat that hangs over him and other ex-convicts who are recovering from multi-drug resistant TB: In working to restart their lives, many newly released former convicts neglect their health needs.


Last updated: September 28, 2016