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.

"Our dreams are very simple. To have a decent living that would allow us to be sufficient and not put out a hand to beg. We want people to look at us as humans, because we’re just like them."

Assem Abdallah, 20, is much like the typical university student in the United States—bright, eager to learn. He was forced to flee his home in Idlib three years ago because of the conflict that has torn his country apart.

Life in southern Syria is not easy. Four years into an ongoing conflict, families struggle every day just to put food on their tables. Village stores have difficulty keeping commodities on the shelves since transportation routes are often disrupted. Even if there is food in stores, families have little money to pay for food.

Today, USAID-funded flour supports more than 230 bakeries across six governorates in Syria, helping them to operate, as well as enabling warehouse workers who collect and distribute bags of flour to continue earning an income.

Uzgoj maline je brzorastuć i unosan posao na Kosovu. Ovo je vrlo dobra vest u zemlji koja ima najvišu stopu nezaposlenosti i jednu od najnižih stopa izvoza u Evropi.

Kultivimi i mjedrës është një biznes fitimprurës dhe që po merr hov në Kosovë. Ky është një lajm shumë i mirë në një vend që ka papunësinë më të lartë dhe një nga normat më të ulëta të eksporteve në Evropë.

South Sudan’s dwindling elephant population—there are only an estimated 2,500 remaining—is under threat from poachers who illegally sell their ivory tusks. Their precarious survival is threatened even more by conflict and lack of government resources.

The citizens of Timbuktu, a region in northern Mali, experienced a large number of abuses during the country’s 2012 conflict, including rape and assault. Now victims of human rights abuses are attending psychosocial counseling as they move along the path to recovery.

Raspberry cultivation is a fast growing and lucrative business in Kosovo. This is very good news in a country that has one of the highest unemployment rates and one of the lowest rates of exports in Europe.


Last updated: November 26, 2018