Yessenia CandaGrants Administrator, Latin America
While I was born in Nicaragua’s capital of Managua, my favorite memory growing up was visiting my grandmother every Sunday on her farm outside of the city. On that farm, I got to experience a life so different than what I knew—a life where I felt closer to nature and to agriculture. Now, through my role at Root Capital, I get to learn so much more about agriculture and rural development. I’m responsible for monitoring the progress of our grant-funded advisory activities to make sure that they’re on track to meet program goals and that they stay in line with budget requirements. I like that I get to collaborate with my colleagues across the organization, and am excited to play a small part in contributing to the growth of rural businesses.