Mainstreaming, Segmenting, and Collaborating: Reflections from SOCAP2015

Posted by Matt Foerster and Lauren Baum  |  Oct 15, 2015 2:30:59 PM

Kate Danaher of RSF Soical Finance, Les Szabo of Dr. Bronner's, Scott Leonard of Indigenous Designs, Ben Schmerler of Root Capital, and Chris Mann of Guayaki Sustainable Rainforest Products take the stage at SOCAP15 to discuss funding fair trade supply chains. 

Last week, more than 2,700 impact investors and social entrepreneurs met in San Francisco for the eighth annual SOCAP event. Below, we share a few takeaways and reflections on the state of the impact investing sector and what the keynotes, sessions, and conversations at SOCAP15 revealed about the future of the industry.

Read more

Topics: Financial Inclusion, Pathological Collaboration

Obama Administration Celebrates Impact Investing, Honors Root Capital

Posted by Liam Brody  |  May 20, 2015 11:27:00 AM

In early 2012, I spoke on a panel hosted by The Society of the Americas, a think tank engaged in a wide-range of issues, from energy policy and banking to the arts and immigration. The event was held to launch an issue of their journal, Americas Quarterly, which was exclusively focused on the rise of impact investing.

Read more

Topics: Financial Inclusion, Root Capital

Seeing Impact with My Own Eyes

Posted by Faina Rozental  |  Nov 6, 2014 11:15:40 AM

Faina Rozental

Root Capital's impact associate, Faina Rozental, touring a banana cooperative in Piura, Peru

At the heart of my work as an impact associate with Root Capital is analyzing our clients’ social impact data collected by our loan officers. Aggregated, this data gives us a bird’s eye view of how clients across our portfolio likely impact farmer and employee livelihoods. For example, we know that in 2013, 62 percent of our client enterprises paid farmers a higher price than the local market price and 86 percent provided agronomic technical assistance.

Recently, I had an opportunity to step away from my Excel spreadsheets in Cambridge, and headed south to arid and sweltering Piura, Peru. There, I spent two days visiting organic banana associations with Cecilia Yañez, an investment analyst with Root Capital’s South America partner ACCDER, and ACCDER’s financial analyst Ana Lucia Trujillo.

Read more

Topics: Financial Inclusion, South America

New Video Highlights Impact of Financial Advisory Services

Posted by Tyler Clark  |  Feb 28, 2014 1:02:00 PM

Tyler Clark, Root Capital's Global Director of Financial Advisory Services

Tyler Clark, Root Capital's Global Director of Financial Advisory Services

“That plot right there,” Victor said with a slight nod toward a block of dense, leafless plants, “was painted red with coffee cherries last year.” Standing on a steep mountainside high in the Chanchamayo province of the Peruvian Andes, only silence seemed appropriate as we shared the weight of the panorama in front of us.

Read more

Topics: Financial Inclusion, South America, Advisory Services

The Power of Financial Literacy: A Conversation with Cecilia Yáñez

Posted by Root Capital  |  Feb 27, 2014 5:22:00 PM

Cecilia Yanez (center) and CEO Willy Foote (right) with Apbosmam banana producer

Cecilia (center) with Root Capital CEO Willy Foote (right) and a member of APBOSMAM banana association in Piura, Peru

We sat down with Cecilia Yáñez, a senior investment analyst at Root Capital’s Lima-based partner organization ACCDER, to get the inside scoop on her work in northern Peru. Lately, Cecilia has been working with our Financial Advisory Services team to provide hands-on financial management training to eight prospective organic banana clients in the region.

Read more

Topics: Financial Inclusion, South America, Advisory Services