Rotterdam project backs anti-poverty champions

Rotterdam project backs anti-poverty champions

ROTTERDAM, 26 March 2024 – A new project recognises efforts to combat poverty and debt in Rotterdam. Alderman Mohamed-Hoesein awarded the first cheque to a Rozenburg entrepreneur.

Rotterdam unites against poverty and debt

The Municipality of Rotterdam has joined forces with its citizens to address poverty within the city. The initiative 'Samen sterk tegen armoede en schulden' (Strong together against poverty and debts) celebrates community members who have organised neighbourhood initiatives to assist Rotterdam residents affected by poverty. On Tuesday, 26 March 2024, the Alderman for Poverty Reduction, Debt Assistance and Language, Mohamed-Hoesein, surprised the first nominee with a cheque.

Local entrepreneur rewarded for anti-poverty efforts

Entrepreneur Anna van Rossen, owner of the thrift shop Anna’s Markthal in Rozenburg, is the first to be acknowledged. Recognised for her commitment to aiding those with limited financial means, she was presented with a €250 cheque. Van Rossen's mission is to help as many people as possible through affordable items and often provides goods for free. Her shop serves as a vital social hub where locals not only shop but also share their stories over coffee.

Encouraging community initiatives

The municipality acknowledges that tackling poverty requires collaboration beyond governmental efforts. Alderman Mohamed-Hoesein stated, "By joining forces, we hope to support as many residents as possible and to inspire other citizens to launch similar initiatives. It's essential to recognize and thank those making a difference in the lives of residents living in poverty." Residents are encouraged to nominate notable anti-poverty initiatives in their neighbourhoods by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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