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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

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: Women in Agriculture, Environment, News and Announcements

How Root Capital and the IKEA Foundation are Building the Resilience of Smallholder Farmers in East Africa

Posted by Kristin Williams  |  Jan 16, 2019 9:55:08 AM

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Photo: USAID/Siegfried Modola

Root Capital and the IKEA Foundation are announcing a new partnership, worth €4.8 million, to help 260,000 smallholder farmers in Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda increase their income and adapt to climate change. The grant builds on the success of a previous partnership, through which Root Capital supported dozens of Kenyan agricultural businesses, helping them break the cycle of poverty in rural communities.

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Topics: East Africa, Environment, News and Announcements, Livelihoods

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: Women in Agriculture

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: Youth

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: Environment

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: Peace