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.

Women living in the Deep South of Thailand struggle for acceptance as community leaders and many still need to fight for basic rights. Under the leadership of its founder and president, Pateemah Poh-itaeda-oh, the Women for Peace Association (WePeace) is working to ensure that women’s issues–such as access to education and freedom of expression–are recognized and addressed. Using support from the USAID Sapan Program, WePeace trains local women on how to improve their communities through “community scorecards,” which keep track of the activities that promote open government, and government-funded literacy training.

Për kryetarët e komunave që u zgjodhën për të përfaqësuar katër komunat me shumicë serbe në veri të Kosovës – për herë të parë në historinë e këtij vendi të ri të pavarur – obligimi më i rëndësishëm pas marrjes së detyrës në fillim të vitit 2014 ishte që t’i kthenin besimin bazës së tyre zgjedhore. Atyre u duhej që t’u tregojnë qytetarëve të komuniteteve të tyre se ata jo vetëm se u’a kuptojnë mirë nevojat, por edhe se do të bëjnë çdo gjë për t’i plotësuar ato dhe për t’i mbajtur kështu premtimet e dhëna gjatë fushatës zgjedhore.    

Za gradonačelnike koji su izabrani da predstavljaju četiri severne većinski srpske opštine na Kosovu po prvi put u istoriji nove nezavisne zemlje, najvažniji zadatak nakon stupanja na dužnost početkom 2014. Je bio da uliju poverenje svojim biračima. Trebalo ja da pokažu građanima svojih zajednica da oni ne samo da dobro razumeju njihove potrebe, nego i da će uraditi sve što je potrebno da ih zadovolje i tako održe svoja predizborna obećanja.


Christopher and Ndaziona Kachingwe of Ng’ombe in Malawi’s Machinga district were having problems in their family when an HIV-prevention project was first introduced in the area five years ago. Now they are happier, healthier and better informed on how to remain so.

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but that’s not true for artisans of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH), who have learned, honed and passed on their skills from generation to generation for hundreds of years.

Access to lifesaving anti-retroviral treatment (ART) for HIV continues to be a major obstacle in Mozambique, where many rural clinics do not offer this service. Patients must travel long distances to health centers offering ART, incurring transportation costs to receive medicine and attend check-up visits. This leads to poor adherence to ART, withdrawal from treatment, and preventable deaths.

As Mozambique grapples with severely poor health services, a change in how funding is disbursed may also substantially change the quality of care.

When Bakir Lozane first worked the land in Alto Molocue in northern Mozambique, he was clearing mines sown over years of civil war. Today, Alto Molocue is home to the 1,250-hectare Lozane Farms, one of the country’s biggest producers of high-quality seeds—particularly soybean seeds

Until recently, outdated Mozambican insolvency laws dating back more than a century made the process to dissolve a business unduly complicated, slow and costly. These factors can impair growth, competitiveness, and the prevention and resolution of financial crises.


Last updated: January 14, 2015