People first

We are committed to enabling people to get a better life. The individual person is always the focus of our work. Here you will meet some people involved in Swedish development assistance. Let them explain how their situation has changed.

  • For Liberian Steve Davies, it is a pleasure to get up in the morning and commute to work at his own company. He describes it simply as "wonderful". Steve is the CEO of JD Trading – a cement company located in the heart of the Liberian capital, ...
  • Much of Abdallah's life revolves around Kibera Primary School. It was here that both his children learned to read and now he is trying to make sure that his grandchildren get a good education. However, the school has not had running water for eight ...
  • On the steep slopes of San Marcos in Guatemala lies the Bravo family's home and farm. Clouds and mist settle around the vegetation as Leonzo, the family's father, demonstrates the planting process.
  • Ruben Amilcar Farfán has been missing for 28 years. On 15 May 1984, he disappeared from the University of San Carlos in Guatemala City. Four unidentified men beat him and then abducted him. He has never been seen since.
  • The ball falls at knee-height, just right for five-year old Ángel René to catch. "Poff", it is returned to daddy who laughs with joy. It is early morning in the mountain village Ixlacuitz in Guatemala and the sun casts its rays across the atrium.
  • Bertha Mbile works as a nurse at Panzi Hospital in the Congo. After receiving care herself, she decided to help others in the same situation.
  • Fahima Begum Rupa lives with her husband and two sons in the village of Digarkanda in north-eastern Bangladesh on a small farm with four houses. Everything is neat and tidy, exuding a simple prosperity. Behind the house are the cows that Fahima ...
  • Philip Thigo, 36, grew up in Kibera, the largest slum in Nairobi. After studying at Princeton and working abroad, he is now back where it all began: "I realized that my skills were needed in Kenya and decided to go home", he says. Now he works to ...
  • Most workplaces in South Africa currently offer their employees free HIV tests. But fear and taboo are still present. Johannes Phetoe is open about his disease after following his wife's advice and joining the workplace's unusual health programme.
  • Arta is 23 years old, works as a hairdresser and lives a good life. The outlook was not so promising before. At the age of 15, she ran away from home and moved in with her boyfriend. When the relationship ended after eight months, she was unable to ...

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