Publications

Sustained impact is unlocked when we share data and insights across sectors. Root Capital publishes original research, impact studies, evaluations, and articles demonstrating how to effectively build rural prosperity.

Rapid Impact Evaluation: COOPCAB
by Root Capital

COOPCAB is a coffee cooperative in southeastern Haiti near the border with the Dominican Republic. In this study, we seek to understand and document the cooperative's various social and economic impacts and the effect Root Capital’s loans have had on COOPCAB’s operations.

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FORBES — Clinton Bush Fund Leaves Haiti
by Willy Foote

As the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund prepares to cease its operations, we’d like to say thanks for serving as a catalyst, for helping build Haitian agriculture that empowers small-scale farmers and is truly sustainable in the long-term.

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FORBES — How a Hershey Bar Might Prove Mightier than a Gun
by Willy Foote

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.

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FORBES — Get Sh*t Done’ for Rural Women Entrepreneurs
by Willy Foote

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.

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STANFORD SOCIAL INNOVATION REVIEW — A GPS for Social Impact
by Michael McCreless & Brian Trelstad

In this article from the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Root Capital and Acumen Fund partner to propose a system for program evaluation akin to GPS. By combining information from various sources, we can triangulate more accurate estimates of our impact as a whole.

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CGAP — Scaling Climate Smart Agriculture by Financing Small and Growing Businesses
by Jesse Last

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.

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STANFORD SOCIAL INNOVATION REVIEW — An Agricultural Peace Dividend
by William Foote

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.

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AMERICAS QUARTERLY — Root Capital: A Case Study in Impact Investing
by Liam Brody

In this article for Americas Quarterly, we explain how Root Capital introduces big investors to small rural farmers and cooperatives—with dramatic results.

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT INVESTMENT REVIEW — Global Agricultural Value Chains: Sustainable Growth as a Means for Sustainable Development
by Patricia Devaney

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.

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