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Asya Troychansky

Asya leads Root Capital's impact assessment program, including designing the methodology and content of mixed-method studies to identify Root Capital's impact on our clients and the impact of our clients on farmer households. Asya supervises a cross-country team that implements these studies in Latin America and Africa and manages the due diligence social metrics. Previously, Asya worked with Innovations for Poverty Action in Mexico, overseeing a microfinance randomized evaluation. She holds an M.A. in economics and public policy and a certificate in environmental policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a B.A. in social studies from Harvard College.


Laying the First Stones towards Gender Equity

Posted by Asya Troychansky  |  Nov 16, 2016 9:31:00 AM


Women carry stones that will form the foundation of a new sorghum collection and storage center. 

As part of my role with Root Capital, I’m privileged to travel to remote areas in Africa and Latin America to meet with our clients and the smallholder farmers at the core of their business. Recently, I was in Meru, Kenya, with my colleague Erick Sakwa, Root Capital’s Women in Agriculture coordinator for East Africa.

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Topics: East Africa, Women in Agriculture, Stories of Impact

Women in Agriculture Trip to Colombia: Dispatch from the Field

Posted by Asya Troychansky  |  Nov 24, 2015 1:31:17 PM


Root Capital SVP Catherine Gill (center) with trip participants

Through this blog, we try to bring you close to our clients and their stories. Sometimes, some of our partners and donors take the opportunity to get even closer, and accompany us over the mountain and down the muddy road to meet the farmers and see firsthand the amazing agricultural businesses we work with.

Two weeks ago, the Root Capital crew – our senior vice president, Catherine Gill, our Colombian loan officer, and I – bused around Colombia’s coffee lands with partners from the Weissberg Foundation, Dietel Partners, and the Aspen Institute – on a Women-in-Agriculture-themed trip.

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Topics: Women in Agriculture, South America

Tweaking Financial Management Trainings to Better Serve Women: A Checklist

Posted by Asya Troychansky  |  Oct 2, 2015 4:15:25 PM

A Root Capital financial management workshop in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico

A few years ago, Esperanza Dionisio, the general manager of Pangoa, a coffee cooperative in Peru, told us a story about a meeting she’d recently attended.

“There wasn’t a single woman there,” she said. “More than a hundred men, all of them stunned, looking at me like some kind of rare insect. But I had the chance to raise my hand and say something, and they were all shocked. It was just me and all those men, but I had the background and the knowledge, and so in the end they were satisfied, and they appreciated my work.”

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Topics: Women in Agriculture, Advisory Services

Seizing the Opportunity to Train a Women's Cooperative in Guatemala

Posted by Asya Troychansky  |  Apr 8, 2015 12:47:28 PM

Juana Hu Mateo


Juana Hu Mateo, general coordinator at ACMUV

“In my home, my father and my mother always valued my sister and me less than my brothers,” says Juana Hu Mateo, a 41-year-old from Guatemala’s indigenous Maya Ixil community. Despite her parents’ lack of support and community norms against women’s participation outside the home, Juana persevered to study, eventually finding work as a seasonal coffee sorter at Asociación Chajulense, a coffee cooperative and Root Capital client in the western highlands of Guatemala.

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Topics: Women in Agriculture, Mexico and Central America, Advisory Services, Stories of Impact

A View from the Kitchen

Posted by Asya Troychansky  |  Feb 17, 2015 2:12:00 PM


In past trips to visit Root Capital coffee clients in the “field,” I generally went to the actual field – that is, the coffee farm, where I was overseeing one impact study or another. When we’d get to a farmer’s home, we’d greet the woman of the house, and sometimes her daughter by her side, and off we’d go, usually with men, to visit the coffee plot and learn about the current production.

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Topics: Women in Agriculture, Mexico and Central America

From Guatemala, A New Framework for Exploring the Role of Rural Enterprises

Posted by Asya Troychansky  |  Nov 25, 2014 2:33:19 PM

Guatemala Impact Study

This is the second in a series of posts that take a closer look at the results of our latest impact study: Improving Rural Livelihoods: A Study of Four Guatemalan Cooperatives. 

In addition to providing us with new insights about the lives of smallholder farmers affiliated with four of our coffee clients, the data from Improving Rural Livelihoods helped us to refine our impact framework — a model that Root Capital uses to map how services provided by clients can lead to improvements in rural incomes for producer households.

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Topics: Mexico and Central America, Livelihoods