Mutale Kapekele sitting, speaking into microphone (Courtesy of WEAC/U.S. Embassy Zambia)

Zambian women build sustainable businesses

Zambian women are expanding businesses with support from U.S. programs, providing energy, food and education to their communities.
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Muslim-owned small businesses thrive in America

America's Muslim entrepreneurs are active in many industries. Discover why they love their work, and learn from their business advice.
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AWE alumna brings vital health information to Rwandan mothers

U.S. State Department training helped Umunyana Marie Chantal expand her business bringing accurate health information to Rwandan mothers.
Illustration showing gold medal with red ribbon on background of patent drawings (State Dept./D. Thompson)

The high value of U.S. patents

Of the 50 million patents granted worldwide, many — like one for a crustless sandwich — flop. But U.S. inventors lead in viable ideas.
Still image from game showing child with backpack in forest approaching tall figure (© Purunmachu)

Apps for a better world, from the U.S. State Department

Through programs and mobile applications, the U.S. Department of State offers new ways to celebrate diversity and protect cultural heritage.
Three people holding packages in clinic (© Benjamin Mussa Nyondo)

AWE entrepreneur saves lives and empowers expectant moms in East Africa

The U.S. State Department helps women start businesses. See how one Academy for Women Entrepreneurs graduate is helping save lives in Africa.
Young men and women laughing around a video camera and boom mic (Courtesy of Hetq Media Factory)

Supporting independent journalism in Europe

Meet some reporters in Serbia, Armenia and Georgia who inform their communities and build a tradition of journalistic independence.
Two men holding handfuls of apples in apple orchard, with mountains in background (Murad Atayev/USAID)

Supporting fruit growers in Central Asia

USAID is helping fruit growers in Central Asia increase their harvests with modern techniques. Read about three successful orchards.
Smiling woman using sewing machine (© Purnaa)

Providing hope and jobs in Nepal and India

Meet two U.S.-created companies that make a global difference, earning the 2021  Secretary of State's Award for Corporate Excellence.