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.

Surrounded by the “baa-baa” of bleating sheep, a master shearer in Pakistan clips slowly and confidently with his oversized scissors through one cluster of fleece after another. Two of his assistants keep the sheep secured and firmly pressed against the floor. Forty-five minutes later, the sheep has been shorn. But with the introduction of mechanized shears, a similar sheep is shaved within seven minutes, saving time, reducing costs and causing less stress for shearers and sheep alike

Hearings on the local government budget were held earlier this year for the first time in three local government units, or aiyl okmotus, in the Nookat district of Osh province in the Kyrgyz Republic. Over 200 villagers and three officially recognized “initiative groups” representing nine communities—three from each AO—actively participated in the open budget hearings, and proposed priorities, amendments and additions for the 2014 annual budget.

Photojournalist Denis Liwasa was among a group of reporters that recently visited Zomba district in central Malawi to get the scoop on the ongoing voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) campaign. Inspired by his interviews and experience during the August media tour, Liwasa decided that he, too, would undergo the procedure.

Ružica Milutinović is quick to point to her husband’s accomplishments as an activist and president of the assembly in their rural north Kosovo village of Grabovac/Graboc, but one need not spend much time with her before it is clear that she is a community advocate in her own right.

Qasja në financim është një sfidë e vazhdueshme për bizneset e vogla bujqësore në Kosovë, fitimet e të cilave gjatë një viti me shitje të ulët shpesh shterrohen para se të mund të shfrytëzohen për rritjen e të mbjellave të vitit të ardhshëm.  

Pristup finansiranju je stalan izazov za mala poljoprivredna preduzeća na Kosovu, sa zaradom koja u godini sa slabom prodajom presuši pre no što se može iskoristiti za gajenje useva u narednoj godini. U cillju rešavanja ovog problema, USAID se nedavno udružio sa TEB Bankom kako bi uveli Agrokarticu – kreditnu karticu koja je specialno dizajnirana da poveća protok gotovog novca za poljoprivrednike pre prolećne setve.

A flower prized by the skin care industry is also key to long-lasting financial stability for a multiethnic group of women who recently started growing it in Kosovo.

Not too long ago, residents in eastern Madagascar gained access to safe drinking water in their own homes—a development that has significantly improved their health and daily routine, not to mention the convenience of onsite plumbing in the small village.

Sonido del Yaque—which means “sound of the Yaque River”—is a business that delivers on its name. The small set of tourist cottages in the Dominican Republic offers not just the soothing sound of the nearby river, but also an idyllic view of the river valley and relief from the hot weather in nearby Santo Domingo.


Last updated: January 14, 2015