How “Talent Partnerships” Unlock Business Growth in Rural Kenya

Eighty kilometers outside of Nairobi, the Patel family’s macadamia factory buzzes with activity. In 2016, Mehul and Chirag Patel founded macadamia processing business Rainsun Nuts; every year since, they’ve doubled their sales. Between their office in Nairobi and their factory in the rural town of Sagana, they’ve created jobs for dozens of people—the majority of whom are women, and many of whom are under 35.

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Topics: Advisory Services | East Africa | Partnerships |

To Adapt to a Changing Climate, Coffee Farmers Need Bold Allies

The saw makes a grinding sound as Albert, a young Ugandan agronomist, maneuvers it back and forth slowly, cutting through the trunk of the coffee tree. His colleague Ambrose stands next to him, bracing the tree and readying himself to carefully lower it to the ground once the trunk is severed. They repeat the process, one, two, three times for a single tree, cutting away three small trunks almost to the stump—until there’s just a single spindly-looking branch remaining.

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Topics: East Africa | Environment | Partnerships | Stories of Impact |

For Antonio And Roberto, A Small Grant Made A Big Difference

Over the past 20 years, we’ve offered hundreds of coffee businesses the capital and training they need to succeed. But to truly maximize their impact, these businesses sometimes require additional support. That’s why, in partnership with USAID Feed the Future, we launched a Resilience Fund that provides $20,000 grants to some of our highest-performing client businesses in Colombia and Peru.

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Topics: Livelihoods | Stories of Impact | Youth |

What Fair Trade And Other Coffee Certifications Mean For Farmer Livelihoods

Certifications give consumers insights into where their coffee comes from. But with so many certifications out there, figuring out what each one means can be challenging. Here's a short guide to help you understand the major coffee certifications—and what getting certified means for our client businesses and coffee farmers.

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Topics: Environment | Livelihoods |

Meet the New Chair of Root Capital’s Board

Ana Zacapa (third from right) accompanies the Root Capital team to visit client agricultural businesses in southern Mexico. In December 2017, I was in Chiapas State in southern Mexico when Root Capital’s Senior Manager of Advisory Services for the region, David Lozano, turned to me and said: “I’m so excited she’s on our board, asking such insightful questions—and in her native Spanish!” David was talking about Ana Zacapa, who was accompanying us deep into the mountains of Chiapas to visit coffee and honey cooperatives, and to hear directly from farmers both about the challenges they face and the innovative solutions they can access as part of an agricultural business.

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Topics: News and Announcements | Our Community |

How Climate Change Impacts Women Farmers—and What We’re Doing About It

Maria Eufemia Madonado Ocaño holds a small leaf in her hands, mottled yellow where it should be vibrant and green. This leaf represents her livelihood, decimated by la roya—a fungus that develops when conditions are warmer and wetter than usual. The yellow spots are a symptom, but the disease is climate change.

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Topics: Environment | News and Announcements | Women in Agriculture |

Como Se Ve Nuestro Trabajo en Nicaragua Ahora Mismo

Durante años, muchos nicaragüenses se han enojado con las políticas cada vez más represivas del presidente Daniel Ortega. El pasado abril, la aprobación de una ley de impuestos impopular llevó al país al límite.

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Topics: En Español | Mexico and Central America | Peace | Stories of Impact |

Root Capital’s Impact in 2018

In 2018, we partnered with hundreds of businesses that changed the lives of nearly three million people in farming communities around the world. We are deeply grateful to our donors and investors for helping us raise incomes, create jobs, and unlock opportunities for farming families. Check out this infographic that shows what your support made possible in 2018.

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Topics: News and Announcements | Stories of Impact |

What Our Work in Nicaragua Looks Like Right Now

For years, many Nicaraguans have bristled under the increasingly repressive policies of President Daniel Ortega. Last April, the passage of an unpopular tax law tipped the country over the edge.

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Topics: Mexico and Central America | Peace | Stories of Impact |

How Root Capital and the IKEA Foundation are Building the Resilience of Smallholder Farmers in East Africa

Photo: USAID/Siegfried Modola Root Capital and the IKEA Foundation are announcing a new partnership, worth €4.8 million, to help 260,000 smallholder farmers in Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda increase their income and adapt to climate change. The grant builds on the success of a previous partnership, through which Root Capital supported dozens of Kenyan agricultural businesses, helping them break the cycle of poverty in rural communities.

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Topics: East Africa | Environment | Livelihoods | News and Announcements |