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.

Wanday Bangura’s stall in a bustling market in the Bombali district of northern Sierra Leone is full of shoes, jewelry, scarves and other products displayed for sale. Her small enterprise is flourishing.
“We have money to eat … and buy market items to sell. So we tell God thanks,” she explained.

Cuộc sống của chị Phạm Ngọc Yến, một phụ nữ sinh sống tại Vĩnh Long, khá khó khăn. Chồng chị thu nhập không được bao nhiêu và cả gia đình chị phải chật vật để trang trải cuộc sống, đặc biệt là sau khi chị sinh mổ cháu thứ ba khiến gia đình phải chi tiêu hết số tiền dành dụm được. Để kiếm thêm thu nhập, chỉ vài tháng sau sinh chị đã phải quay lại làm may vá và bán các vật liệu thủ công.

Sau khi trúng cử đại biểu Quốc hội vào tháng 6/2016, bà Đào Tú Hoa nhận thức được trách nhiệm to lớn khi ở trên cương vị mới là người đại diện cho nhân dân. Mặc dù đã từng là thẩm phán, nhưng bà vẫn hiểu rõ rằng một thách thức lớn hơn đang đặt ra trước mắt, đó là đưa ra các ý kiến và trình bày mối quan tâm của cử tri trước các lãnh đạo cấp cao nhất của Chính phủ.

Until recently, about half of all Ukrainians requiring medicine to treat various ailments refused or postponed treatment because they could not afford the cost of the prescriptions. While Ukraine’s Constitution guarantees free medical services, pharmaceuticals are not included, and most citizens pay out of pocket.

Fifty-two-year-old Milton Stewart beams with joy as he takes his place behind the steering wheel. As one of the official drivers for the Ministry of Health within the western division of Jamaica, Stewart has operated many vehicles during his 30-year career, including trucks, buses and ambulances. Few assignments, however, are as meaningful to him as the job he now has.

Djibouti—a small, desert-like country in East Africa—is home to fewer than 1 million people and chronically food insecure. Currently a haven to 27,000 refugees who have fled violence and insecurity in their own countries, the strain on resources is more pronounced as the country struggles to feed everyone in need.

Seven-year-old Malak* could barely write her own name in Arabic last year. She has already had to repeat first grade before moving on to second at her elementary school in Morocco’s small coastal town of Temara. According to her mother Naima, Malak struggles with a learning disability.

Rising at the crack of dawn, getting to bed late at night, and in the hours in between, struggling to protect the only thing that fed her family and paid the bills—that is what Vesna Budnjar’s days used to look like.

Cakes and pastries have been Silvana Vidović’s passion since early childhood. When she was a little girl, she would sneak up, steal some dough from her mother’s bowl, and form it into all kinds of shapes for baking.


Last updated: March 02, 2018