I am pleased to announce the launch of Back Roads to Boardrooms, an inside view of our day-to-day work and interactions with clients in Africa and Latin America, and the larger challenges and opportunities we face in scaling an impact-first agricultural lending operation. On a weekly basis, you will read diverse perspectives from our team of seasoned experts, along with some unique contributions from a suite of guest bloggers—ranging from Root board members to clients to global brands and leading philanthropists.
To kick things off, I’m proud to share my own reflections about our recent lending foray into the Democratic Republic of Congo and its parallels to our entry into post-conflict Rwanda eight years ago. I hope you will comment and join the conversation!
Root Capital loan officer Richard Tugume in a canoe used by Root Capital client Sopacdi to shuttle between the cooperative's headquarters and its coffee-washing station on the shores of Lake Kivu, DRC
A thin ray of hope is emerging today from The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), one of the most war-ravaged and anarchic countries in the world.