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Last updated: March 05, 2020

March 4, 2020

When Camira was young, she lost both of her parents to an unknown illness and was sent to live with her uncle and aunt. Over the years, her childhood was characterized by ill-health and a disrupted education. In 2016, at the age of 16, Camira met a Mentor from the PEPFAR Determined, Resilient, Empowered, Aids-free, Mentored and Safe (DREAMS) program. She was encouraged to join a DREAMS “Safe Space” and, under the guidance of a trained Mentor, Camira completed a 13 week curriculum of classes wh covered topics such as communication in relationships, HIV prevention, family planning, and financial literacy. 

March 4, 2020

After Cecilia’s father died, her stepfather reluctantly agreed to pay her school fees. In grade 9, after failing a subject, he told her that her education was a ‘waste of money’. Without his financial support, Cecilia could no longer afford to go to school. Soon after, she left school and became pregnant with her first child. 

March 4, 2020

The Chieftainess and her community are reaping the rewards of a USAID program that helps communities and community members document their land. The USAID Integrated Land and Resource Governance program relies on a suite of innovative technology tools (MAST) developed by USAID to affordably, efficiently, and transparently map and document land and resource rights. Community members are trained to help each farmer map their land. They walk the perimeter, marking GPS coordinates with handheld devices and record the details of owners and persons of interest. The community approves every parcel’s boundaries and ownership records and also develops a communal map. Each farmer is given a document that maps their land, includes their name, and the Chieftainess’s signature.

March 4, 2020

Abigail and Hope, aged 19 and 24 respectively, remember how life changed when their father died in 2004. Only children at the time, their family was plunged into poverty and the girls needed to help their mother make ends meet. In addition to braiding hair and selling sweets, the sisters would accompany their mother to the market to sell vegetables. At 14, Hope became pregnant and worried that her dreams of finishing her education, and being gainfully employed, may never materialize. Through a combination of their mother’s determination and their own creativity and resourcefulness, both Abigail and Hope managed to complete their high school education. 

Group photo of attendees to the Zambia Trade Information Portal Launch on February 19, 2020
February 19, 2020

A key condition of Zambia’s World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement (WTO-TFA), the portal fulfills the government’s requirement to host up-to-date trade-related information—such as permits, forms, border procedures, current fees and charges, and exchange rates—for traders seeking to import to, or export from, Zambia.  The portal aims to expedite compliance of traders with regulatory requirements, while lowering their transaction costs, thereby improving their competitiveness. It will also assist the Zambian government to remain compliant with a key WTO membership obligation.

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