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Kristin Williams

Kristin leverages media and marketing strategies and the power of storytelling to build awareness about Root Capital and expand support for its mission. Prior to joining Root Capital, Kristin managed digital content, earned media, and marketing strategies for Inclusive Security, a program advocating for increased women's inclusion in peace and security decision making. Kristin holds a B.A. in International Affairs from Northeastern University.

RECENT POSTS

Transforming the Lives of Rural Women

Posted by Kristin Williams  |  Oct 22, 2018 2:54:13 PM

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Bertha Nzabanita, Rwandan coffee farmer and long-time member of the Musasa cooperative.

One field. That’s all Bertha Nzabanita had left after the devastation of the Rwandan genocide left her a widow. One field, a young son to raise, and few options.

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Topics: Unlocking Opportunities for Women

Seeding the Future of Rural Communities

Posted by Kristin Williams  |  May 9, 2018 1:29:11 PM

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Young people in rural communities are struggling. There are few jobs. Those that exist are low-paying, physically demanding, and unfulfilling.

It’s no wonder so many youth leave their family farms behind. Their parents can barely make ends meet. Crop disease and extreme weather make it harder every year. Eager to find meaningful work, young people migrate to urban areas at home and abroad—but jobs are scarce there too. With few options but a crowded slum and exploitative labor, their lives become even more precarious.

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Topics: Future of Farming

Supporting Farmers, Sustaining the Planet

Posted by Kristin Williams  |  Apr 9, 2018 12:00:00 PM

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Rising temperatures. Devastating storms. Drought. To farmers, this is more than a weather report: it’s a matter of survival.

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Topics: Preserving the Planet

Cultivating Peace in War-Torn Rural Communities

Posted by Kristin Williams  |  Feb 16, 2018 6:30:00 AM

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War leaves scars. Not just on bodies, but on land and livelihoods. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, decades of violence have left a deep mark on rural areas—and on millions of farmers struggling to survive. 
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Topics: Progress Towards Peace

Unlocking Opportunity for Those Who Need It Most

Posted by Kristin Williams  |  Jan 10, 2018 12:03:27 PM

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Two billion. That’s the number of people in rural communities who are struggling to survive on less than $2 per day.

Many of them are farming to feed the rest of the world, yet they aren’t getting enough to eat. Many live hundreds of miles from accessible markets, without the roads to reach them. With few choices, they’re forced to sell their hard-earned crops at rock-bottom prices.

But there’s a way out of this cycle of grinding poverty.

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Topics: Increasing Incomes, Stories of Impact, Mexico and Central America