Finding hope in the kitchen
The outlook for Omar’s future was grim, as it is for many Jamaicans recruited at a young age into lives of crime and violence. Then he met Latoya and was introduced to FHI 360 and USAID's Local Partner Development project, where he found the support he needed to make a change. More information.
Rebuilding lives after Hurricanes Eta and Iota in Honduras
Hurricanes Eta and Iota devastated many Honduran communities in late 2020. As German Mejia recalled, “The community thought we were all going to drown. I had a business and I lost it. So many people lost everything.” With support from USAID's Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance, GOAL collaborated with FIPAH and Water Mission to provide multipurpose cash transfers to nearly 7,000 people, helping them regain livelihoods in the hardest-hit areas of the country. GOAL also worked with authorities and communities to provide temporary shelters for vulnerable families, as well as access to clean water, water filters, latrines, and hygiene kits.
Through collaboration and cash programming, people were not only able to survive but to also determine their recovery needs. German reopened the neighborhood store he had lost, allowing him to again provide for himself, his family, and his community. More information.
Women Building Livelihoods Through Farming
Twenty-five farmers, including 19 women, came together to cultivate crops in the "Bitojjo-Tukorenamani" ("Let's Work Hard") Farmer Field Business School. Before joining the school, their harvests barely had any financial impact on their livelihood; they were mostly for home consumption. In 2018, AVSI's Graduating to Resilience began supporting the school's members offering service bundles that include seeds, training, and linkages to markets, and the group's motivation grew. As part of the USAID-funded Activity, the farmers also learned good practices such as pest management, proper crop spacing, and soil and water conservation, alongside soil fertility management. More Information
Women entrepreneurs in Lebanon: Breaking gender barriers
Lutheran World Relief implements the USAID-funded Women’s Global Development Prosperity: Expanding Women’s Labor Force in Lebanon (W-GDP: EWLFL) Project. One of the pioneering women taking part in the project is Nancy Ghannam, a Lebanese entrepreneur and activist who is breaking gender barriers and creating jobs for other women in her community. More information.