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.

This year the Kankor Examination, Afghanistan’s high-stakes university entry exam, had an unprecedented 169,529 students complete the test. Reza Rafat, a participant in USAID’s Kankor preparation program, had the highest score in the country.

Every year, dozens of mothers and children die from preventable illnesses and health conditions in Afghanistan, a land-locked country with among the highest maternal and child mortality rates globally. Most of these deaths occur because of lack of access to health services and low levels of awareness to key health and hygiene practices in rural communities. Complications and potential deaths may be averted through maternal and child health awareness campaigns.

After founding the Sahib Zaman Carpet Manufacturer Co. in Kabul in 2008, they found their success hampered by the poor availability of wool yarn. Unable to invest in more spinning machines to employ more spinners, the company had no choice but to rely on costly, low-quality wool yarn imported from Pakistan.

Each week in southern Haiti, Lucamène Chéry puts on her uniform and stocks her market stall with local vegetables. Shoppers filter past, selecting products for their families. In exchange for the produce, Chéry accepts a unique form of payment—food vouchers—which allows the most vulnerable members of the community to access nutritious foods that they would otherwise be unable to afford.

Wildlife crime is on the rise throughout sub-Saharan Africa and, with over 20 national parks and 34 game management areas, Zambia is not immune. Accounting for over 7 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, Zambia’s tourism industry is under threat from poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking.

Avgust 2017 – Trimor Hiseni, 27-godišnjak koji je inače gradsko dete, nikada nije ni sanjao da će jednog dana postati uspešni poljoprivrednik uzgajivač malina i inspiracija mladim ljudima na Kosovu.

U proleće 2016. godine, koristeći sopstvena sredstva, kupio je 24.000 sadnica maline vrhunskog kvaliteta i zasadio ih na 3 hektara zemlje, koje je iznajmio. Njegova ideja da započne biznis u poljoprivredi i investira u uzgoju malina došla je kao rezultat ispitivanja i razgovora sa već postojećim uzgajivačima.

Gusht 2017 – Duke qenë djalë qyteti, Trimor Hysenit 27-vjeçar as në ëndërr nuk i kishte shkuar ndërmend që një ditë do të bëhej fermer i mjedrave dhe frymëzim për të rinjtë në Kosovë.

Në pranverën e vitit 2016, ai bleu me mjete vetanake 24.000 fidane të mjedrës të cilësisë së lartë dhe i mbjelli ato në 3 hektarë tokë që morri me qëra. Idea e tij për të nisur një biznes në bujqësi dhe investuar në kultivimin e mjedrës erdhi si rrjedhojë e shumë hulumtimeve dhe bisedave me kultivuesit ekzistues.

September 2017—Stanley Kimeli has seen his harvest double since joining a local youth group in western Kenya called Kilima Tumaini, or Mount Hope. With only a primary school education, he did not know how to farm profitably before joining the group in 2007.

Although the region is known as the breadbasket of Kenya, local small-scale farmers like Kimeli have not always had the resources or opportunities to compete with larger growers in major commercial agricultural markets.

With the support of USAID’s Justice System Strengthening Program, 16 recent law school graduates were given the opportunity to work alongside judges as legal clerks in Kosovo’s courts to help conduct research, draft decisions, and move cases through the system. In turn, judges serve as mentors for the next wave of judicial employees, while receiving critical assistance from these young professionals in closing years-old cases.

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Last updated: December 06, 2017