To Loan Officer Olivier Ramírez, Coffee is Everything

Posted by Lauren Baum  |  May 5, 2016 10:48:09 AM


Olivier Ramírez, second from right, with members of Root Captial client Manos Campesinas, a 1,100-member coffee cooperative in Guatemala

Ask someone what coffee means to them, and you might get an answer that references their morning routine, or the bean's ability to help them power through a nine-to-five workday.

But ask Root Capital Senior Loan Officer Olivier Ramírez the same question, and his answer will likely blow you away:

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Topics: Central America, 15 Voices Blog Series, Staff Profiles

Getting Women a Seat at the Table: Q&A with Charles Maina, Financial Advisory Coordinator for East Africa

Posted by Lauren Baum  |  Jul 20, 2015 12:02:00 PM

Charles Maina

Over the last year or so, our Advisory Services team has been experimenting with different ways in which we can continue to increase the participation of women in our various financial management and technical assistance workshops around the world.

Recently, we had the chance to sit down with Charles Maina, our financial advisory coordinator for East Africa, to hear about the innovative approach he and his team have been piloting among our Advisory clients in Uganda and Rwanda.

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Topics: East Africa, Women in Agriculture, 15 Voices Blog Series, Advisory Services

How Root Capital's David Lozano is Redefining ‘Machismo’ in Mexico

Posted by Lauren Baum  |  Jul 2, 2015 12:22:00 PM

David Lozano

Half the Sky. Gender-lens investing. HeforShe. Lean In.

Over the last several years, women’s economic empowerment has become a prevalent theme among journalists, international development practitioners, investors, and global companies alike.

While mainstream interest in these issues has only recently piqued, Chiapas-based David Lozano, Root Capital’s Financial Advisory Services Coordinator for Mexico, has spent the last 20 years exploring gender inequality and its impact on individuals, families, and communities throughout the country.

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Topics: Mexico, Women in Agriculture, 15 Voices Blog Series, Advisory Services, Staff Profiles

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: Women in Agriculture, 15 Voices Blog Series

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: 15 Voices Blog Series

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: 15 Voices Blog Series