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For Antonio And Roberto, A Small Grant Made A Big Difference

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Apr 17, 2019 6:00:00 AM

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Over the past 20 years, we’ve offered hundreds of coffee businesses the capital and training they need to succeed. But to truly maximize their impact, these businesses sometimes require additional support. That’s why, in partnership with the USAID Global Development Alliance, we launched a Resilience Fund that provides $20,000 grants to some of our highest-performing client businesses in Colombia and Peru.

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Topics: Future of Farming, Stories of Impact, Increasing Incomes

What Fair Trade And Other Coffee Certifications Mean For Farmer Livelihoods

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Apr 9, 2019 10:30:00 AM

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Certifications give consumers insights into where their coffee comes from. But with so many certifications out there, figuring out what each one means can be challenging. Here's a short guide to help you understand the major coffee certifications—and what getting certified means for our client businesses and coffee farmers.

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Topics: Preserving the Planet, Increasing Incomes

Meet the New Chair of Root Capital’s Board

Posted by Willy Foote  |  Apr 5, 2019 9:44:15 AM

Ana Zacapa with Root Capital staff and clients in Chiapas, Mexico
Ana Zacapa (third from right) accompanies the Root Capital team to visit client agricultural businesses in southern Mexico.

In December 2017, I was in Chiapas State in southern Mexico when Root Capital’s Senior Manager of Advisory Services for the region, David Lozano, turned to me and said: “I’m so excited she’s on our board, asking such insightful questions—and in her native Spanish!” David was talking about Ana Zacapa, who was accompanying us deep into the mountains of Chiapas to visit coffee and honey cooperatives, and to hear directly from farmers both about the challenges they face and the innovative solutions they can access as part of an agricultural business.

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Topics: News and Announcements, Our Community

How Climate Change Impacts Women Farmers—and What We're Doing About It

Posted by Kristin Williams  |  Mar 8, 2019 9:59:15 AM

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Maria Eufemia Madonado Ocaño holds a small leaf in her hands, mottled yellow where it should be vibrant and green. This leaf represents her livelihood, decimated by la roya—a fungus that develops when conditions are warmer and wetter than usual. The yellow spots are a symptom, but the disease is climate change.

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Topics: Unlocking Opportunities for Women, Preserving the Planet, News and Announcements

Como Se Ve Nuestro Trabajo en Nicaragua Ahora Mismo

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Feb 28, 2019 4:43:46 PM

A protest in Granada, Nicaragua, one month after the conflict began in April 2018. © Julio Vannini

Durante años, muchos nicaragüenses se han enojado con las políticas cada vez más represivas del presidente Daniel Ortega. El pasado abril, la aprobación de una ley de impuestos impopular llevó al país al límite.

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Topics: Progress Towards Peace, Mexico and Central America, En Español, Stories of Impact

Root Capital's Impact in 2018

Posted by Root Capital  |  Feb 27, 2019 10:32:21 AM

In 2018, we partnered with hundreds of businesses that changed the lives of nearly three million people in farming communities around the world. We are deeply grateful to our donors and investors for helping us raise incomes, create jobs, and unlock opportunities for farming families.

Check out this infographic that shows what your support made possible in 2018.

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Topics: News and Announcements