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.

One could say that Angkana Saejeng got her professional start in life at a tender age in the shade of the White Elephant Gate in Thailand’s city of Chiang Mai. Here, a few steps from the 700-year-old wall protecting the country’s second city, Saejeng’s family boiled and ladeled fishball noodle soup in their small but popular Ong Tipros shop.

Ljudi u Leskovcu, smeštenom na jugu Srbije, već dva veka se bave trgovinom i proizvodnjom tekstila. Većina ljudi koja živi u ovom delu zemlje nekad se izdržavala tako što je gajila i prerađivala konoplju, koja se koristila za čuvenu kvalitetnu užad. Kasnije, tokom socijalističkih vremena, razvila se tekstilna industrija, sa velikim tekstilnim fabrikama u državnom vlasništvu.

Throughout Estela Tudio’s first pregnancy in 2013, she worried about medical expenses. Estela, a homemaker in Bayambang — a town in the Philippines’ northern region of Luzon — and her husband, Almar, who earned $6 (300 Philippine pesos) per day as a tricycle driver, could not afford birth at a hospital. So Estela gave birth at home.

Parents in the Dongoni village of southern Mali had no contact with their community school and were not aware of the importance of following up on their children’s progress. Attendance and achievement were both low, particularly for girls, who were often occupied with household tasks.

This is one of the first things one hears when speaking with Rabije Sinani, who has become an unofficial leader of the disadvantaged and marginalized women from the village of Kamenjane in the Polog region of Macedonia. She is well known locally for her sweets and wedding decorations.

Although Tajikistan has made progress in reducing maternal deaths over the last decade, it still has a high maternal mortality rate with 32 maternal deaths for every 100,000 live births. However, attitudes toward home births—often a risky situation for women in labor—are changing.

Residents of Leskovac, a city located in southern Serbia, have been involved in trade and textile production for at least two centuries. Most people once earned their income by growing and processing hemp, used for well-known, good-quality ropes. Later, during socialist times, a textile industry developed with huge, state-owned factories.

Richard Yona, 32, the first male midwife in Yambio, South Sudan, has helped mothers safely deliver countless babies over the past six years at the USAID-supported Bazungua primary health care clinic.

The fiscal sector of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) has come a long way since the United States helped restructure the country’s foreign debt right after the war in 1996. But until recently, government institutions relied on outdated manual systems for filing taxes and storing records, involving mounds of paper and waiting in long, slow lines.

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Last updated: November 03, 2016