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.

Even in a computer’s voice, the story being recited loudly over the speakers is so engrossing that 13-year-old Khushiya hasn’t bothered to blink in the last 20 seconds. In a classroom at Vejalpur Primary School in the western Indian state of Gujarat, sit about 30 students with their eyes locked on the monitor displaying the text of a story about a tree and its leaves. English is not their first language but as the computer narrates, the children repeat each word with near perfect pronunciation.

Zbog političkih uslova u ovoj maloj balkanskoj zemlji, mnogim preduzećima sa Kosova izazov predstavlja stvaranje novih partnerstava unutar sopstvene etničke zajednicea da ne govorimo o izgradnji poverenja sa preduzećem iz drugog regiona ili etničke zajednice.

In Azerbaijan, men make up the vast majority of agricultural entrepreneurs. And while most agribusiness managers are male, those engaged in the field and post-harvest work, which accounts for most of the jobs in the sector, are predominantly female. Fortunately, as the agricultural sector grows, new opportunities are opening up for women.

In western Zimbabwe’s Tsholotsho district, a dedicated and forward-thinking group of men is breaking down the traditional perceptions of gender roles. They are taking the lead on improving poor sanitation and hygiene practices to enhance the health of their communities, recognizing that these goals must be accomplished before food security challenges can be addressed.

Kao čelnica Udruženja za ostomiju Kosova, Arta Uka nastoji da pomogne Kosovarima koji imaju ostomiju – veštački otvor u nekom od telesnih organa napravljen hirurškom operacijom. 

The land in the hamlet of Seloi Craik in Timor-Leste’s Aileu district has always been good to Filomena Mendonca de Araujo and her family. Even if money was tight, there was always enough to eat from the family farm. Eating well, though, came at a cost.

Due to political conditions in this small Balkan country, it is challenging for many Kosovo businesses to create new partnerships within their own ethnic community—let alone to build trust with a business from a different region or ethnic community.

Rice growing is a tradition in Mali that dates back more than 1,000 years. Kalia Koné from Kongolikoro village in the Sikasso region in southern Mali has been growing rice for more than 15 years. But traditional rice planting practices were not resulting in good yields.

Living in southern rural Vietnam, Ho Thi Thanh My dreamed of a way to make money for her family. She bought fruits and vegetables from local households and then sold them in markets. Though she worked hard, her inventory was dependent on the season and output of her suppliers. At times, she had nothing to sell. Most days she only earned $2-$3 per day.

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Last updated: April 25, 2017