Growing Local economies
Nearly 800 million people live on less than $1.90 a day. Rotary members are passionate about providing sustainable solutions to poverty.
Fostering Economic Growth: Empowering Communities for a Brighter Tomorrow
In a world where nearly 800 million people live on less than $1.90 a day, addressing poverty’s urgency is undeniable. At Rotary Club Lahore Jinnah, we’re fueled by a profound drive to establish sustainable solutions that elevate individuals and families out of poverty’s grasp.
Pakistan, in particular, grapples with challenges, as 3.7% of its employed population lived below the poverty line, earning less than $1.90 in purchasing power parity per day as of 2021. To confront this head-on, we’re dedicated to collaborative efforts, pooling our resources and expertise.
Our primary goal is to bring tangible, enduring change to those most in need. Through diverse programs and initiatives, we offer crucial support to individuals and families facing poverty. By providing comprehensive training, access to well-paying jobs, and financial management guidance, we empower individuals to break the cycle of poverty.
Together, we forge paths to economic opportunity and social mobility, allowing our community to flourish and thrive. With unwavering commitment to fostering economic growth, we envision a brighter future for all.
Why Community Economic Development?
Conquering Poverty: Humanity’s Ongoing Struggle
While extreme poverty’s toll dropped by over half from 1990 to 2015 — from 1.9 billion to 836 million — many still wrestle with basic needs. Globally, 800 millions subsist on under $1.25 daily. Rapid growth in countries like China and India has lifted many, but unevenly.
Disproportionately, women grapple with poverty due to unequal access to work, education, and property. Scarce jobs, soaring food costs, austerity, and instability hit vulnerable groups harder, especially women and children. Climate crises impact the marginalized.
Inequality persists alongside uneven progress towards UN Sustainable Development Goals. Aligned with the 2030 Agenda, Rotary champions investments in people and communities to combat poverty, engendering tangible, lasting economic uplift in deprived areas.
What Rotary Is Doing
Rotary members can actively engage in this focus area by conceiving projects that:
- Empower local leaders, organizations, and networks to fuel economic growth in underserved communities
- Forge pathways for meaningful employment and enhance access to sustainable livelihoods
- Empower marginalized communities through economic access and services
- Strengthen entrepreneurs, social enterprises, and locally nurtured business innovations
- Tackle gender and class inequalities hindering market access and financial services
- Equip communities with skills for environmental and natural resource preservation that foster economic gains
- Cultivate community-based emergency preparedness services to bolster economic resilience
- Sponsor advanced studies for professionals dedicated to community economic development
HOW ROTARY MAKES HELP HAPPEN
We create opportunities to help individuals and communities thrive financially and socially.
Entrepreneurs use microloans to become street vendors, rickshaw drivers, weavers, and tailors.
THE POWER OF LIGHT
Rotary members are collaborating to provide solar lights to homes in remote, off-the-grid areas, enabling people to work and study during the night. Our objective is to improve access to reliable and sustainable sources of light, which can have a transformative impact on
the daily lives of individuals and families in these underserved communities.
By harnessing the power of solar energy, we can help to reduce reliance on traditional sources of fuel and electricity, and promote greater self-sufficiency and resilience. At Rotary, we believe that access to basic necessities like light is a fundamental human right, and we are committed to doing our part to help make it a reality for all.