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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: Unlocking Opportunities for Women, East Africa, 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, Our Community, Progress Towards Peace

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: Progressive Partnerships, East Africa

In the Hills of Northeast Congo, an Underdog Steps into the Ring

Posted by Root Capital  |  Feb 7, 2017 7:00:00 AM

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Hills rise into the sky in the coffeelands of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

Looking out the window as my taxi jostles along a bumpy dirt road that winds from Goli to Ndrele town through the hills of the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), I’m struck by the peaceful scenery that surrounds us. Grassy hills spotted with groves of trees and small gardens of banana, maize, and coffee trees rise gently into the horizon, stretching for miles on either side of the road. However, this region’s apparent tranquility belies a violent past — and scars that a few scrappy businesses are fighting against all odds to heal. 

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

How One Pioneering Business is Raising Incomes in the Kenyan Highlands

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Jan 27, 2017 9:48:10 AM

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Janet Karea Mutuura, 62, at her compound in Meru, Kenya. 

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Topics: East Africa, Unlocking Opportunities for Women, Feeding a Hungry Planet, Increasing Incomes, Stories of Impact