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Rotary supports investments in people and communities to alleviate poverty, creating measurable and enduring economic improvements in poor and underserved areas.

Area of Focus Statement of Purpose and Goals

TRF enables Rotarians to alleviate poverty by:

1. Building the capacity of local leaders, organizations, and networks to support economic development in poor communities

2. Developing opportunities for productive work and improving access to sustainable livelihoods

3. Empowering marginalized communities by providing access to economic opportunities and services

4. Building the capacity of entrepreneurs, social businesses, and locally supported business innovators

5. Addressing gender or class disparities that prevent populations from obtaining productive work and accessing markets and financial services

6. Increasing access to renewable energy and energy-efficiency measures to create more sustainable and economically resilient communities

7. Empowering communities to develop environmental and natural resource conservation skills for economic gain

8. Strengthening communities’ economic resilience and adaptive capacity in response to environmental and climate-related hazards and natural disasters

9. Developing and supporting community-based basic emergency preparedness services to improve economic resilience

10. Funding graduate scholarships for career-minded professionals related to community economic development.