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May 2017: Root Capital Roundup

Posted by Root Capital  |  May 26, 2017 3:49:53 PM

Welcome to the first-ever Root Capital Roundup!

We’re excited to launch the Root Capital Roundup, a new blog series summarizing the latest news around issues important to us and our supporters.

We’re kicking off this series with a look at the latest trends and insights on a topic that underscores everything we do here at Root Capital: the increasing urgency of investing in smallholder farmers.

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Topics: News and Announcements

Unlocking Impact: 48-Hour Challenge

Posted by Root Capital  |  Jun 16, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Unlocking Impact

What if we told you that a gift to Root Capital now will not only be matched dollar for dollar, but will also be multiplied tenfold?

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Topics: News and Announcements

15 Voices: An Interview with Esperanza Dionisio Castillo

Posted by Root Capital  |  Mar 31, 2015 11:38:00 AM


Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera Pangoa (Pangoa), a Fair Trade and organic-certified coffee cooperative located in San Martin de Pangoa, Peru, has been a Root Capital client for nearly a decade. Pangoa is a shining example of the power of the cooperative in local communities, and it’s unique in many ways – first and foremost, because it’s led by a woman. For the latest post in our 15 Voices blog series, we’re excited to share a recent interview with Esperanza Dionisio Castillo, Pangoa’s general manager, a true visionary who has been recognized internationally for her effective managerial skills and impressive commitment to Pangoa’s members and the broader community.

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Topics: Unlocking Opportunities for Women, Preserving the Planet, Stories of Impact, Increasing Incomes, Our Community

15 Voices: An Interview with Kevin Starr

Posted by Root Capital  |  Jan 22, 2015 12:03:56 PM

kevin_starr_headshot_cropWe recently sat down with Kevin Starr, managing director of the Mulago Foundation and the Rainer Arnhold Fellows Program, both of which are focused on scalable solutions to meet the basic needs of the very poor. Kevin also teaches and mentors fellows in numerous other programs for social entrepreneurs and serves as the chairman of Big Bang Philanthropy, a group of funders working together to direct more money to those best at fighting poverty. In our interview, Kevin talks about the Mulago Foundation's history with Root Capital and the "ah-ha" moment that provided him greater insight into the catalytic role of agricultural finance.

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Topics: Our Community

15 Voices: An Interview with Rosario Castellon

Posted by Root Capital  |  Dec 22, 2014 1:05:00 PM


Our next 15 Voices interview is with Rosario Castellon, Root Capital's former senior loan officer in Nicaragua. 

Born and raised in the rural town of Condega, Nicaragua, Rosario co-founded the country’s first fair trade coffee cooperative in the early 1990s.  She went on to run supplier relations for sustainable business pioneer Equal Exchange before joining Oxfam, where she led a groundbreaking collaboration between Mexico’s largest farmer cooperative, Oxfam, Starbucks and the Ford Foundation.  In 2005, Rosario brought her incredible experience and deep commitment to farm families to Root Capital as a senior loan officer. During her nine-year tenure at Root Capital from 2005 - 2014, Rosario helped build our operations in Latin America, bringing a wealth of personal and professional experience to advance our mission. 

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Topics: Staff Profiles, Our Community

Root Capital Returns to Indonesia

Posted by Root Capital  |  Dec 15, 2014 11:07:00 AM


Since Root Capital’s founding 15 years ago, we’ve been on a quest to grow prosperity in rural communities around the world. To date, we’ve focused our efforts primarily in Africa and Latin America, but we’ve also been eyeing opportunities to expand our impact to other corners of the world.

In 2005, we began lending in Indonesia, a country brimming with biodiversity, agriculture and a need for sustainable investment and economic development. In 2009, we paused our lending there, deciding instead to use our limited resources to scale and consolidate in Africa. That turned out to be a good strategy for us; our Africa portfolio is now thriving, and 2014 was our best year there yet. 

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Topics: News and Announcements, Asia