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To Adapt to a Changing Climate, Coffee Farmers Need Bold Allies

Posted by Abigail Bok  |  Apr 26, 2019 10:38:53 AM

Agronomists assist coffee farmers with a process called stumping

The saw makes a grinding sound as Albert, a young Ugandan agronomist, maneuvers it back and forth slowly, cutting through the trunk of the coffee tree. His colleague Ambrose stands next to him, bracing the tree and readying himself to carefully lower it to the ground once the trunk is severed. They repeat the process, one, two, three times for a single tree, cutting away three small trunks almost to the stump—until there’s just a single spindly-looking branch remaining.

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Topics: East Africa, Preserving the Planet, Progressive Partnerships, Stories of Impact

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, Preserving the Planet, News and Announcements, Increasing Incomes

Gender Equity Grants: Helping Kenya’s Working Mothers Succeed

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Oct 26, 2017 7:15:00 AM

A Kenyan farmer and her child.

No woman should have to choose between caring for her children and pursuing a fulfilling career. In this Kenyan village, working mothers found a way to do both.

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Topics: East Africa, Unlocking Opportunities for Women, Progressive Partnerships, Stories of Impact

Eighteen Years Later, Our Work Is Far From Over

Posted by Benjamin Schmerler  |  Jul 20, 2017 12:12:44 PM

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On a warm, breezy day in the sleepy Congolese city of Bukavu, I find myself on the back of a boda-boda motorcycle taxi, puttering down the unpaved city streets on my way to the National Office of Coffee. Down every alleyway I catch glimpses of the morning sun glimmering off of the calm waters of Lake Kivu. It’s the first day of “Saveur du Kivu,” a celebration of the reemergence of specialty coffee in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the country’s premier coffee event. I’m here representing Root Capital, which happens to be the largest coffee lender in the region.

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Topics: East Africa, Progress Towards Peace, Stories of Impact

Reflecting on "Rwandan Women Rising"

Posted by Nora Taylor  |  Jul 7, 2017 6:34:52 PM

 

On a summer evening in Cambridge, MA, author, educator, and former ambassador Swanee Hunt sat down with activist Chantal Kayitesi and Root Capital founder and CEO Willy Foote to discuss the important role that women have played in Rwanda’s recovery from conflict. Hunt is the author of Rwandan Women Rising, a book she wrote to celebrate the visionary women who are paving the road to Rwanda’s recovery and reconciliation in the wake of the 1994 genocide.

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Topics: East Africa, Progress Towards Peace, Our Community

Embracing Partnerships, Expanding Opportunities

Posted by Faina Rozental  |  Jun 19, 2017 8:00:00 AM

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Pathological collaboration. It’s a phrase we use frequently at Root Capital — a phrase that speaks to our willingness to embrace partnerships in order to expand economic opportunities for as many smallholder farmers as possible. Earlier this year, I got to see that approach in action.

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Topics: East Africa, Progressive Partnerships