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.

In 2010, Nicolas Vako, 55, returned to his hometown of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, after working 20 years for the International Committee of the Red Cross and traveling all over Africa and Eastern Europe. He decided to set up a crab restaurant, a specialty from his wife’s village.

Троє дівчат-підлітків з українського міста Запоріжжя бажали навчитися писати код для комп'ютерних програм. Поряд з цим вони знали, що забруднення повітря є найбільшою проблемою для їхнього міста, та були налаштовані знайти вихід з цієї ситуації. Вчителі переконали їх взяти участь у Technovation Challengeміжнародних змаганнях, які заохочують дівчат отримувати навички комп'ютерного програмування та використовувати ці знання для того, щоб вирішувати конкретні проблеми своїх громад – до того ж такі, що мають глобальне значення.

As a member of the Samburu tribe, 30-year-old Nalan’gu Lokoloto is expected to remain at her home in Kalama Conservancy—for days and sometimes weeks—while her husband is out tending to the family’s livestock. She has never attended formal school.

Preduzeća na Kosovu se često oslanjaju na usmene ugovore ili dogovore postignute  „rukovanjem", za obavljanje poslovnih transakcija, umesto na pisane ugovore. Takvi nepisani ugovori mogu dovesti do brojnih komplikacija.

Bizneset e Kosovës shpesh mbështeten në marrëveshje gojore ose me "shtrëngim duarsh" për të kryer transaksione biznesi në vend të marrëveshjeve me shkrim. Këto marrëveshje jo të shkruara mund të rezultojnë në komplikime të shumta.

Samat Nasa has been farming cassava on the outskirts of Zamboanga City in the Philippines’ Mindanao region for over 30 years. Many farmers in the area grow this root crop because it is easy to maintain and can survive extreme weather. But because the Philippines is a predominantly rice-consuming nation, Nasa has only sold his harvests to a handful of local producers of panggi, a customary staple food made of grated cassava.

When a dispute arises under a verbal agreement, the parties are unclear on their rights and obligations and are subject to misunderstandings, uncertain contractual terms, and difficulty proving any details of the agreement. When businesses use well-written contracts, the terms are unambiguous. If a dispute arises, the parties can refer to the written agreement or present the contract as evidence in judicial or other proceedings.

Three girls from the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia wanted to learn computer coding. They also knew that air pollution was the biggest problem their city faced and were determined to find a way to address the issue. At their teachers’ urgings, they took on the Technovation Challenge, an international competition that encourages girls to learn computer coding and use the knowledge to address specific issues in their communities that have global impact.

About the size of a wheelbarrow, Stephen Ssekanyo’s “Kungula thresher” fits nicely on the back of a motorcycle. That means he can deliver it deep into rural areas where the unpaved roads become tracks and farmers rarely gain access to technologies. But by delivering his innovation to the farmers’ fields, he is helping them to prepare clean, ready-to-package maize at a price they can afford.


Last updated: January 17, 2018