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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COVID-19 Update From Root Capital

As the world faces an outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), our thoughts are with all of you in our global community. This is a difficult time, with many unknowns. But one thing is certain: we must continue being in solidarity with the most vulnerable.

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This “Hidden Influencer” is Expanding Opportunity for Women Farmers in Colombia

It’s 3 o’clock in the morning. The crickets have stopped chirping and hours will pass before the rooster crows. Elizabeth Garzón Piamba is preparing the fire for breakfast while her family sleeps. After she feeds her children and gets them ready for school, she heads out to work as the sun just peeks over the horizon. Elizabeth is a coffee farmer. And she has 4,000 trees to take care of.

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Topics: Our Community | South America | Women in Agriculture |

What We’ve Learned About Evaluating Impact in Rural Communities

Note: This blog post is the third in a four-part series exploring how Root Capital measures and manages the impact of our lending. Read parts one and two.  Several years ago, a mango farmer in Burkina Faso told us something that forever changed our approach to impact evaluation.

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Reflecting on a 20-Year Partnership with Root Capital

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the lush, coffee-growing region of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Northern Colombia. The Sierra Nevada is a unique coastal mountain range—with altitudes reaching well above 18,000 feet within sight of the Caribbean. Its rugged and steep geography makes travel to the region quite difficult. Driving to a farm only 14 miles from town took me almost four hours.

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Topics: Our Community | Partnerships | South America |

Meet Root Capital’s New Chief Operating Officer

Root Capital is pleased to welcome Frances Reid as our new Chief Operating Officer. We recently sat down to learn more about her background and what brought her to Root Capital.

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Predicting Social and Environmental Impact Through Due Diligence

Note: This blog post is the second in a four-part series exploring how Root Capital measures and manages the impact of our lending. Read part one here. 

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New Members Bring Expertise in Coffee and Gender Equity to Root Capital’s Board of Directors

Root Capital is thrilled to announce the addition of two sector-leading experts to our board of directors. Lindsey Bolger, who has spent the last three decades promoting sustainable sourcing within the coffee industry, has joined us alongside Marissa Wesely, a lawyer and life-long advocate for women's economic opportunity. You can read more about Lindsey and Marissa below. 

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How Root Capital Measures and Manages the Impact of Our Work

Note: This blog post is the first in a four-part series exploring how Root Capital measures our impact and that of our clients on farming communities around the world.

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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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