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.

“Where we lived before, there were armed groups. We couldn’t live in the same place as them. We made the decision together ... because I have a 6-year-old son, and it wasn’t a good environment for him,” explains Ana*, a refugee mother living in Ecuador’s northern region, where many Colombian refugees cross the border into Ecuador and resettle

Olena*, the owner of a small family-owned shop in Ukraine, smiles as she opens her door to greet customers. Her husband helps her manage the store while their elder daughter bakes cakes popular in this neighborhood. Looking at this happy family, one would not imagine the turmoil it only recently overcame.

Ukras doo je mala firma iz Srbije osnovana tokom ekonomske krize 90-ih. Više od 20 godina vlasnik  Svetozar Milovanović borio se da razvije stabilnu proizvodnju zaštitnih rukavica. 

Kop-promet doo je porodična tekstilna firma iz Novog Pazara, koji ima dugu tradiciju tekstilne proizvodnje.  Kop-promet je specijalizovan kako za modnu tako i za zaštitnu odeću, i trenutno zapošljava 40 radnika. 

After the Revolution of Dignity in 2013-2014, Ukrainians made it clear they intended to build a European state and to transform Parliament—the Verkhovna Rada—into a body based on European standards. As reform legislation was initiated, it was evident that members of Parliament needed access to information on European standards, policies and traditions to conduct their work effectively.

Nestled in the south of Johannesburg is a sprawling informal settlement known as Freedom Park, established following South Africa’s democracy in the late 90s. It is here that you find poverty, high unemployment rates and families ravaged by HIV/AIDS and other opportunistic diseases.

An app developed with support from USAID is making wildlife protection officers more effective in their efforts to combat wildlife trafficking in Southeast Asia.

Despite tremendous growth in ICT (information and communication technology) across the world, many Serbian companies have been slow to adopt ICT solutions like websites for product marketing and sales.

Kop-promet Ltd. is a family-owned textile business located in the Serbian municipality of Novi Pazar, traditionally known for its textile production. Specializing in the production of both fashionable and protective clothing, the company currently employs 40 full-time workers.

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Last updated: February 19, 2016