Roots of Development helps impoverished communities in Haiti acquire the financial resources and organizational skills they need to manage their own development. They promote an alternative approach to rural development by facilitating a process in which they bring together diverse representatives from a community, listen to their goals, and build on their inherent strengths to complete community-driven projects that foster greater independence.
The organization currently works with impoverished communities in Haiti, but is committed to reaching out elsewhere in the world to replicate this community-led approach to development. By doing so, it hopes to create a cluster of community groups (“associations”) around the world that, through their own efforts, have achieved greater economic independence. The members of these associations will become agents of change and have a direct role in helping other impoverished communities achieve the same independence by facilitating the process elsewhere.