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How We're Continuing to Support Rural Businesses and Smallholder Farmers During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Posted by Root Capital  |  Mar 20, 2020 2:28:21 PM

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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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Topics: News and Announcements, Our Community

COVID-19 Update From Root Capital

Posted by Frances Reid  |  Mar 19, 2020 5:50:34 PM

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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Topics: News and Announcements, Our Community

Root Capital's Impact in 2019

Posted by Root Capital  |  Mar 11, 2020 12:40:20 PM

blank-png-1x1Last year, we partnered with agricultural enterprises to unlock prosperity in some of the most economically and environmentally vulnerable regions of the world. With the help of our donors and investors, we reached more than three million people in rural households. Thank you for supporting our mission to build prosperous, inclusive, and resilient rural communities.

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Topics: News and Announcements, Stories of Impact

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

Posted by Rob Hefferon  |  Mar 5, 2020 2:55:23 PM

Elizabeth Garzon Piamba, agronomic technician for ASPROSI coffee association.

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: Women in Agriculture, South America, Our Community

These Guatemalan Farmers Are Harnessing the Power of Digital Data With Help From Root Capital

Posted by Rob Hefferon  |  Feb 28, 2020 2:39:24 PM

Two cooperative employees crowded around a computer with one pointing at the screen and the other looking on.

Since the advent of the internet, digital technology has revolutionized the coffee industry. Buyers price their contracts with algorithmic software. Roasters optimize the flavor of their beans by controlling heat to a fraction of a degree. Even baristas use high-tech kits to test the chemical makeup of their brews. But while the world has changed around them, many coffee farmers have been left out.

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Topics: Environment, Advisory Services, Stories of Impact, Livelihoods, Digital Business Intelligence

What We've Learned About Evaluating Impact in Rural Communities

Posted by Katie Naeve  |  Feb 27, 2020 2:44:54 PM

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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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Topics: Stories of Impact, Our Community