Small Grants Unlocking Big Impact: A Q&A With Root Capital’s Erick Sakwa

Erick Sakwa (L) walks a field of recently harvested sorghum with a farmer during a visit to a Root Capital-financed enterprise in Kenya. At the risk of stating the obvious: Running a small business is a lot of work. Entrepreneurs and staff—often pressed for time, money, and resources—devote most of their energy to keeping the lights on, leaving little time…

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Topics: Advisory Services | East Africa | Our Community | Staff Profiles | Women in Agriculture |

How We Utilize Outcomes-Based Financing to Help Early-Stage Enterprises Grow

While you may not be able to find Matagalpa, Nicaragua on a map, you can taste it in your morning cup of coffee. This region is one of the world’s biggest coffee producers, thanks to the thousands of smallholder farming families who call it home. Individually, these farmers could never get their harvest from their field to your breakfast table.

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Topics: Our Community | Partnerships | Stories of Impact |

Cinco lecciones que hemos aprendido del año 2020

“Exigente” “Aleccionador” “Sin precedentes” Las palabras no describen adecuadamente el año 2020. El asombroso número de víctimas de la pandemia define este año, pero también lo hacen los ejemplos de esperanza, unidad e innovación. Y no todas esas historias llegaron a los titulares. En las comunidades rurales donde trabaja Root Capital, el 2020 también ha sido un año de adversidad…

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Topics: En Español | Our Community |

Five Lessons We’re Taking from 2020

“Challenging” “Sobering” “Unprecedented” Words fail to adequately describe 2020. The staggering toll of the pandemic defines this year, but so do examples of hope, unity, and innovation. And not all of those stories made headline news. In the remote communities where Root Capital works, 2020 has also been a year of adversity and adaptation. Here are five lessons we’re taking…

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Cross-sector Experts Join Root Capital’s Board of Directors

Root Capital is pleased to announce the addition of four new members to our board of directors: Ken Bartels, Macani Toungara, Mario Fernández, and Salah Goss. These members join our board with a wealth of experience across sectors and around the world. They bring deep expertise in several key aspects of our work—the coffee value chain, youth inclusion, philanthropic partnerships,…

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Deepening Resilience in Rural Communities: Results from Root Capital’s Second COVID-19 Survey

During this global pandemic, one of the most glaring shortages is access to reliable information. That’s particularly true in the rural communities where we work. As public health and economic responses focus on the concerns of dense, urban areas, rural communities are being left behind. But it’s impossible to design an effective response in these communities without information on how…

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Topics: Livelihoods | News and Announcements | Our Community | Stories of Impact |

Preserving Lives and Livelihoods: An Update on Our COVID-19 Response

As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds, we believe that saving lives must go hand in hand with preserving livelihoods. Agricultural businesses can play a key role in reaching the most vulnerable populations with creative, rapid responses that build long-term resilience. In a survey of our client businesses, we found they are struggling to manage their cash flow…

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Harvesting Under Quarantine: One Co-op’s Creative Approach

As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of resilient, farmer-focused agricultural enterprises have never been clearer. For example, in Colombia, Root Capital client Federación Campesina del Cauca (FCC) is helping its farmers adapt to social distancing and other restrictions during the all-important coffee harvest season. Sustainable Harvest, one of FCC’s largest buyers and a Root…

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Topics: Livelihoods | Our Community | Partnerships | South America | Stories of Impact |

An Update on Root Capital’s COVID-19 Response

It has been five weeks since we closed the Root Capital offices and switched to remote work across the globe. First and foremost, I’m grateful to report the good health of our team and clients and wish the same for you and your loved ones. 

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How We’re Continuing to Support Rural Businesses and Smallholder Farmers During the Coronavirus Outbreak

As individuals, communities, and organizations, we are all adapting to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Root Capital and the agricultural businesses we support are no exception; which is why we’re doing everything we can to continue advancing our mission during this uncertain time. 

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