Cultivating Peace

War leaves scars. Not just on bodies, but on land and livelihoods. As farmers return to their land, they find homes burned, tools missing, and livestock killed.

In post-conflict regions, agricultural businesses are a vital scaffold. They can provide essential resources—among them, tools, seeds, credit, jobs, and access to high-value markets. In the fragile period after violence, the resulting economic development makes peace sustainable.

We help agricultural businesses spur growth in countries recovering from violence. These investments provide jobs, increase incomes, and stimulate economic recovery.

We provide loans and financial training to agricultural businesses in several post-conflict regions, from Colombia to Rwanda. We build their capacity to ensure long-term viability.

By joining Root Capital, you can help agricultural businesses in post-conflict communities grow, providing much-needed stability for rural areas. With your support, we can heal the scars of war and build a lasting foundation for peace.

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Maya Ixil: Strengthening Economic Opportunities for Indigenous Farmers in Guatemala

To combat entrenched poverty and violence, this coffee cooperative improved the incomes of indigenous farmers. With towering oaks, gushing waterfalls and long green stretches of bountiful coffee trees, Guatemala’s Maya Ixil region is a place of lyrical beauty. But listen closely enough, and the lyrics tell an entirely different story—a story of an ugly past marked by heartbreaking violence. In…

Musasa: Growing Better Futures for Women in Rwanda

After the 1994 genocide, this Rwandan coffee cooperative gave survivors a path for hope and reconstruction. In 2005, the Dukundekawa coffee cooperative, also known as Musasa, became Root Capital’s first client in Africa. Since its founding in 2004, Musasa has grown from 300 to more than 1,800 members—among them many women who were widowed by the 1994 genocide. Today, some…

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…

Maraba: Rebuilding Lives and Livelihoods After Genocide in Rwanda

After the Rwandan genocide devastated the country, smallholder coffee farmers banded together to help their community recover and prosper. When genocide broke out in Rwanda in early April 1994, coffee farmers around the small town of Maraba had just begun the harvest. Early pickings were underway, and the coffee cherries were in their final weeks of maturation. Three months later…