The most exciting thing perhaps about the rebirth of cocoa farming in Sierra Leone is how it’s offering hope and employment for youth – many of whom were child soldiers who grew up, put down their guns, but needed another option.
We need more men and women working tirelessly and courageously every day to create a better world--more Fatima Ismaels, Direscema Joses, Pamela Anyoti Peronacis, and Rosario Castellóns.
Over the past decade, we’ve financed hundreds of small and growing businesses employing sustainable approaches such as agroforestry, organic production, and responsible harvesting of natural products. This article details how we're scaling climate-smart practices at the smallholder level, thus maintaining the integrity of valuable landscapes while creating more prosperous and climate-resilient livelihoods for farmers, their families, and communities.
In the Stanford Social Innovation Review, our Founder and CEO discusses how in northern Uganda—home to one of Africa’s longest and most brutal civil conflicts—organic farming is producing economic growth and stability.
In this article for Americas Quarterly, we explain how Root Capital introduces big investors to small rural farmers and cooperatives—with dramatic results.
In this article, featured in the San Francisco Fed's Community Development Investment Review, we discuss Root Capital's model for sustainable economic development, addressing the financing needs of rural small and growing businesses, and building agricultural value chains.
This chapter appeared in Conservation Capital in the Americas. In it, we examine the experiences of two ecotourism enterprises in the Galápagos Islands as they assess the potential environmental and social impacts of certification in sustainable tourism.
In an article featured in Entreprise Development and Microfinance, we put the focus on external financial institutions operating in Africa and Latin America. These institutions are using innovative approaches to value chain finance to serve both small-scale rural producers and the small and growing businesses that link them to urban and export markets.