While it is important to support projects that address basic needs, these projects will not improve, at least not directly, the economic situation in the area. Initiatives for Independence are projects that either involve the creation of a community business or the provisioning of services, or facilities, that build the capacity of the local community group. They create jobs, stimulate the local economy, and bring in project revenue. The community groups we work with use these funds not to profit a single individual or small group of residents, but as a resource for the whole community. The profits from these businesses are used to finance other basic needs projects in the community and the necessary operational expenses of the community group, without having to depend on Roots of Development for all of its funding.