Ecotourism businesses empower women in Costa Rica

By Karen McDaniels, member of Rotary Club of Denton, Texas, United States During a trip to Costa Rica, my club members and I met a member of the faculty at The Tropical Agricultural Research and Education Center (CATIE) in Turrialba who studies barriers rural women face in joining Costa Rica’s fast growing tourism business. Sitting … More Ecotourism businesses empower women in Costa Rica

Rotaract club committed to empowering local youth

By Seb Cox, President of the Rotaract Club of St. Jude’s Arusha, Tanzania Vijana Poa, meaning “youth are cool” in Kiswahili, was designed to combat one of the biggest social problems facing youth on the African continent – unemployment. In 2017, the Rotaract Club of St. Jude’s Arusha took on this initiative and started a … More Rotaract club committed to empowering local youth

How empowering entrepreneurs leads to long-term community development

By Lucy Davis, Rotary International staff “I’ve still got a lot to learn, but I’m closer to my goal than I’ve ever been. When you have somebody who’s willing to get behind you, somebody who believes in what you’re doing, there’s no reason not to succeed.”  – Levi Johnson, entrepreneur and LaunchDETROIT beneficiary Recently, I had … More How empowering entrepreneurs leads to long-term community development

Empower entrepreneurs in your community

By Past District Governor Matthew Kane, member of the Rotary Club of North Raleigh, North Carolina, USA In many communities in the United States and across the world, minorities and low-income entrepreneurs lack the training and resources necessary to be successful. While microloans have been popular and effective in developing countries to help grow local … More Empower entrepreneurs in your community

Rotarians taking action to empower communities

By Duncan Stanners, Rotary Club of Calgary West, Canada To help grow and empower a local community in Honduras, the Rotary Action Group for Microfinance and Community Development (RAGM) teamed up with District 5360 Microcredit Task Force to implement the Honduras Economic and Community Development Program (HECD). Microfinance is a key component to a successful … More Rotarians taking action to empower communities

Growing local economies and communities

By Azka Asif, Rotary Service and Engagement Staff  To promote growth and development of local economies and communities, the United Nations (U.N.) Millennium Development Goals encourage us to focus on eradicating poverty, uplifting and empowering women, creating global partnerships for development, and ensuring environmental sustainability. According to the 2014 U.N. progress report, extreme poverty has been reduced by … More Growing local economies and communities

Rotary club’s vocational camps open up a window of opportunities for young entrepreneurs

By Ellina Kushnir, Rotary Programs staff Camp Enterprise, a Rotarian-funded three-day program for high school juniors, helps develop the next generation of entrepreneurs. The students learn about business practices and then work in teams to come up with a business proposal and present it to Rotarian volunteers, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Each team receives feedback … More Rotary club’s vocational camps open up a window of opportunities for young entrepreneurs