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.

  • The children at Kazipur Primary School love their school. Now there are teachers in place, clean water in the well and toilets. The solution is active citizenship. The school results speak for themselves.
  • The school in Rais Abdul Khaliq in Mazar-e-Sharif is popular, and the number of students increases. By adapting the premises now also girls come to school. And the adults prioritize education for all children.
  • Mulan Farahudin is chairman of the village council in the village Pase Konda in Afghanistan. The village has received a grant for a small hydroelectric power plant from the national solidarity program, but has also amassed its own resources.
  • Cotton is the crop that can eradicate poverty in this country, says Joseph Mwangi Migwi, cottonfarmer in Mpeketoni in Kenya. The focus on cotton production gave Joseph and his family a much better life.
  • Now I can sell goat's milk and give my children good food, said Lucy Wairimu, farmer in Kisumu, Kenya. Today, she has ten goats and has goat milk for both domestic use and for sale. She has invested to make life better for her family.
  • The abortion meant that I could continue going to school, says Elisabeth, who was raped when she helped her mother deliver soaps. Since 2010 there are now more possibilities to terminate unwanted pregnancies safely and legally.
  • Thanks to the water, we can support our families, says Margarita Losse Dzogo. The village where she lives is part of the Sida-funded Pungwe programme, which focuses on improving the management of water from the river Pungwe.
  • When we have papers on our right to this land, then we know that the apiary industry is on our land and we can invest. Tecla David is a member of a cooperative association which creates opportunities for financing and loans to members.
  • It is less poor here now. The situation has changed a lot since electricity came. In Mozambique, only about 14-15 percent of household have electricity at home. Swedish aid finances an electrification project in three provinces of the country.
  • It was a great feeling and very emotional for me, because women in our country have not previously been allowed to vote. So says Zainab on the referendum held in early 2011 with support from Sida.

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