Biodigesters: Turning Waste Into Clean Energy in East Africa

A Kenyan smallholder farmer sprays his vegetable and potato garden with the biofertilizer from his biodigester during a Root Capital visit in late 2023. Credit: Root Capital. In many rural communities around the world, farmer households lack access to clean cooking energy sources. Burning solid fuels like wood or coal indoors can lead to serious health effects, like burns and…

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Topics: Climate Action |

Lending in Local Currency for Strategic Impact

Root Capital has disbursed more than $1.96 billion in loans over the past 25 years to agricultural enterprises. Our success is grounded in an ethos of deeply listening to our clients...

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Topics: Access to Finance | Mexico and Central America |

Talent Partnership Spotlight: Bilha Wanjira Kirera

24-year-old Bilha Wanjira Kirera was born and raised in the village of Difatha, just 10 kilometers west of Embu, an important economic and cultural center in the Eastern Province of Kenya...

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Topics: Africa | Next Generation Jobs |

Announcing Our 2023 Climate Resilience Roadmap Annual Report

For macadamia farmers in Sagana, Kenya, climate change is more than an existential threat—it’s a daily reality. Climate change has disrupted the traditional macadamia planting and harvesting seasons and brought unpredictable rainfall patterns...

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Topics: Climate Action |

Root Capital’s Board of Directors Welcomes Expert in Public-Private Partnerships

We are thrilled that Maria Teresa Villanueva, an expert in public-private partnerships, has joined Root Capital’s board of directors. Maria Teresa brings over 20 years of experience generating strategic alliances and partnerships...

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Topics: News and Announcements |

Resilient Coffee in Peru: Investing in Robusta

Root Capital staff take a tour of a Peruvian client’s coffee crops. Credit: Root Capital The Land of Fairtrade Coffee Peru’s coffee is renowned for two reasons: one, its exquisite flavor profile, ranking among the finest in the world, and, two, its leadership in Fairtrade practices. In 2020, Peru exported $60 million worth of coffee to other countries and continues…

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Topics: Climate Action |

Meet Our Two New Board Co-Chairs, Scott Amero and Sophie Romana

Root Capital is excited to announce that Scott Amero and Sophie Romana have been elected the new co-chairs of our board of directors! We’re immensely grateful to Ana Zacapa who has completed her term as board chair but will…

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Topics: News and Announcements |

Brewing a Solution: Coffee, Agroforestry, and the Race Against Climate Change

“To save our beloved coffee, and all the benefits that come with it, we need a more comprehensive approach to this existential threat of climate change.” – Willy Foote Use of the term “agroforestry” continues to grow in popularity in…

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Topics: Climate Action |

Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Gender Equity in Indonesian Agriculture

Ibu Rizkani is a woman who is shattering gender expectations in Indonesian agriculture. She is the Founder and Position Chair of Kokowagayo, the first women-owned and led cooperative in Sumatra, Indonesia. Prior to running her own coffee business, she worked with another cooperative, which consisted of 95% male employees...

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Topics: Asia | Gender Equity |

How Our Next Generation Jobs Impact Pathway Is Creating Future Leaders in Agriculture

Intern Pierre Ndabazi of Cocahu, a coffee cooperative in Rwanda, trains coffee farmers on coffee pruning. Photo credit: Gladys Thitu/Root Capital Young people in rural communities are struggling. There are few jobs-and those that exist are seen as low-paying, sporadic, and unfulfilling. It’s no wonder so many youth leave rural areas behind. Their parents can barely make ends meet. Crop…

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Topics: Next Generation Jobs |