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.

Five years ago, Nefisa Hassen, a 24-year-old farmer from Ethiopia, had her first child at home. The labor and birth were prolonged and difficult. She prayed that, when her time came to deliver, she wouldn’t have complications forcing her to go to the health center. She could not handle the pity of her neighbors if she was unable to have a normal birth, and she wasn’t certain her husband could cover the cost of transportation to the facility.

For years, Kosovo courts have been challenged in their ability to enforce civil judgments. Kosovars, particularly businesses throughout the country, have come to believe that it is not worth the time, money and effort to bring their business disputes to court because the courts are not efficient in enforcing decisions.

Për vite të tëra gjykatat e Kosovës janë ballafaquar me sfida gjatë zbatimit të vendimeve gjyqësore të lëndëve civile. Tek kosovarët, e sidomos bizneset në gjithë vendin, është krijuar një bindje se sjellja e kontesteve afariste në gjykata thjeshtë nuk e vlenë as kohën e humbur e as paratë dhe mundin e bërë, sepse gjykatat nuk janë efikase në zbatimin e vendimeve. 

Kosovski sudovi su se godinama suočavali sa izazovima u sprovođenju pravosnažnih sudskih odluka u građanskim predmetima. Kosovari, a naročito preduzeća širom zemlje, su počeli da veruju da dovođenje poslovnih sporova pred sudove prosto nije vredno njihovog vremena, truda i novca jer sudovi nisu efikasni u sprovođenju odluka. 

In the mountainous Dashkasan district of rural Azerbaijan, old habits die hard. Many families maintain patriarchal traditions and women aren’t often encouraged to speak up. Hardly any woman has held a top government position in this district. But now things are changing.

Davlatdiyor Shohrahimov lives with his large extended family of 18 in the village of Rudaki, located in the Qumsangir district of southern Tajikistan. The farmland there is irrigated by a Soviet-era irrigation canal which, until recently, was in severe disrepair, without adequate maintenance for the last 12 years.

Qudratova and her husband were both unemployed from 2012 to 2013 and struggled to afford formula for their two older children. Because the children, 5 months and 3 years old at the time, struggled with illnesses, the family also had to find money to pay for medicine

Along with a friend, Mykhaylo found what looked like an attractive offer to work at a construction site in Moscow for several months. Upon arrival, their passports were confiscated and they were conscripted into 16- to18-hour work days, barred from escape, and promised pay only when the work was complete.

The chronic threat of tuberculosis (TB) infection is ubiquitous throughout Ukraine, with risks particularly high in hubs such as stores, marketplaces, schools, churches and offices. Ukraine’s hospitals and penitentiaries, however, play disproportionate roles in spreading TB.


Last updated: January 16, 2015