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.

Vlada Republike Srbije napravila je velike korake u oblasti poštovanja prava pripadnika LGBTI populacije, što je najvidljivije bilo 2014. i 2015. godine kada je omogućila da se održe Parade ponosa. Te poslednje parade su protekle mirno, što je očigledna suprotnost u odnosu na prethodne godine tokom kojih je ovaj događaj uvek bio otkazivan zbog pretnji nasiljem. Iako su nedavno održane parade bile vrlo uspešne, još uvek postoje brojna nerešena pitanja.

Valjbona Ajeti je jedna od osoba sa najjačom voljom, entuziazmom I odlučnošću koje ćete ikada sresti. Ona živi sa svojom porodicom u Gornjoj Slatini – selu u opštini Vitina na Kosovu. Njena kompanija GRASEP – akronim koji se prevodi na „žene iz Gornje Slatine“ – ima 20 zaposlenih žena i proizvodi konzervirano povrće i turšiju, ali je njen glavni proizvod ajvar. poznati sos od crvenih paprika koji odlično ide sa svakom vrstom jela. 

Valbona Ajeti është një ndër njerëzit me më së shumti entuziazëm, vullnet dhe venosmëri që do të takoni ndonjëherë. Ajo jeton me familjen e saj në fshatin Sllatinë e Epërme – fshat ky në Komunën e Vitisë në Kosovë. Ndërmarrja e saj GRASEP – akronim për “Gratë e Sllatinës së Epërme” – ka 20 gra të punësuara dhe prodhon perime të prezervuara dhe turshi, mirëpo produkti kryesor i saj është ajvari, një salcë e famshme e prodhuar nga specat e kuq që shkon me çdo lloj ushqimi.

Nicola Onyango started her artisanal handmade jewelry company, Urban Artefacts, in 2015. She stocks four shops in Nairobi with her designs. Her employees expertly buff every piece to ensure quality and longevity. She’s building a brand of well-made, contemporary jewelry with materials indigenous to East Africa and has now entered the U.S. market.

These issues were not just affecting Ford Vietnam, but were increasing costs for thousands of businesses across the country. The situation was borne out by the World Bank’s 2016 Doing Business indicators, which ranked Vietnam 108 out of 190 countries in its performance on the indicator “trading across borders.”

Nguyen Thi Quynh Nga understands the important role auditing institutions play in evaluating policy and influencing governmental decisions. She has over 13 years’ experience at the State Audit Office of Vietnam (SAV).

Ecofarm has been extremely profitable in Vietnam’s Dong Thap province, thanks to the company’s sound investments and strong business enabling environment. It sells tens of thousands of dollars of farm produce from 85 hectares of land harvested on a three-month planting cycle using high-tech practices.

Valbona Ajeti is one of the most enthusiastic, strong-willed and determined people you will ever meet. She lives with her family in Sllatina e Epërme—a village in the Kosovo municipality of Viti. Her company GRASEP—an acronym that translates to “women of Sllatina e Epërme”—has 20 women employees and produces preserved vegetables and pickles, but its main product is Ajvar, a famous sauce made from red peppers that goes with virtually everything.

On the eastern side of Zimbabwe, near the border with Mozambique, a school and the surrounding community are dramatically changing attitudes and social norms through the DREAMS initiative, which is funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief through USAID. There, DREAMS is reaching thousands of parents, caregivers and students and making their dreams come true.

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Last updated: December 14, 2017