Sustaining the Planet

Rising temperatures. Devastating storms. Drought. To farmers, this is more than a weather report: it’s a matter of survival.

We work with agricultural businesses where the environment is in crisis. Eighty percent of our lending is concentrated in biodiversity hotspots—regions with exceptional biodiversity threatened by habitat loss and other human interventions.

We provide loans for investment in sustainable practices—like composting and organic production—that boost revenue while fortifying farmers against climate shocks.

We train businesses to confront urgent environmental challenges, like disease outbreaks or deforestation, and to pass this learning to their farmer members.

By joining Root Capital, you can strengthen businesses that are committed to smart, earth-friendly agriculture. With your support, we can sustain hardworking farmers and the planet on which we all depend.

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Shalem Investments: Overcoming Barriers for Women Farmers in Kenya

As shifting weather patterns make it harder to grow crops, this Kenyan grain aggregator is ensuring women farmers can adapt and prosper. With rains less predictable and growing seasons in flux, an old agribusiness adage is increasing in relevance for enterprises that work with rural smallholders: What’s good for the farmer is good for the business.  When The Rain…

COOPEASSA: Growing a More Sustainable Future for Farmers in Costa Rica

By teaching organic practices, this fruit cooperative ensures farmers don’t have to sacrifice their health or the environment to make a profit. In Walter Elizondo Naranjo’s office in San Antonio, Costa Rica, hangs a large banner with pictures of pineapple, bananas, and oranges. 100% orgánico, the banner proudly states. Looking at the banner, Walter grins broadly. “This is COOPEASSA.” Thirty…

Serendipalm: Charting a New Path in an Industry Known for Environmental Degradation in Ghana

By sourcing palm oil from pre-existing areas of cultivated land, Serendipalm is defying industry norms of deforestation and contributing to sustainable development in rural Ghana.​​ One hundred miles northwest of Accra, Ghana, sits Asuom, a village of surprising and beautiful contrasts and contradictions. The vermilion clay earth and rust-tin roofs in Asuom pop in contrast to the verdant greens of…

C.A.C. Pangoa: Providing an Alternative to Coca Production in Peru

In the wake of paramilitary violence, this cooperative gave farmers alternatives to the drug trade—and became the beating heart of its rural community. Nestled in the foothills where the Amazon rainforest meets the towering Andes Mountains, the Peruvian town of San Martín de Pangoa exudes an aura of calm. Life seems to move at a leisurely pace; ambling through the…

Copiasuro: Maximizing Gains for Farmers and the Environment in Guatemala

In the rural highlands of Guatemala, this honey cooperative has found ways for both farmers and the planet to thrive. When Alvaro Almengor assumed the position of general manager at Copiasuro, a cooperative of honey producers spread across the southwestern highlands of Guatemala, its 22 members had little more than 113 hives and dreams for a better life. “They…

Fair-Fruit: Strengthening Environmental Sustainability and Profits for Indigenous Farmers in Guatemala

To reduce widespread poverty among indigenous communities, this produce exporter connected farmers to fair trade markets that pay premium prices. Guatemala is the world’s third-largest exporter of snow peas and sugar snap peas. Indigenous farmers living in the highlands produce 99 percent of the crops. For these farmers—70 percent of whom live below the poverty line—gaining access to fair trade…

C.A.C. Chirinos: Building Long-Term Resilience to Climate Change in Peru

When aging coffee trees and a deadly fungus threatened farmer livelihoods, this cooperative invested in long-term sustainability. Perched high atop a steep mountain in the lush Cajamarca region of northern Peru sits the proud town of Chirinos. Boasting a modern church and brand-new municipal building that serve as bookends to a well-manicured central plaza, the town hums with signs of…