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How These Mayan Farmers Are Modernizing a Two-Thousand-Year-Old Tradition

Posted by Lula Perez  |  Oct 8, 2018 7:00:00 AM

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For the Maya, bees and their honey have always been sacred. Bees are a symbol of fertility and abundance; kaab, the Mayan word for bee, can also be translated as “force,” “land,” or “world.” But for the Mayan producer-members of the EDUCE cooperative, honey isn’t just a part of their cultural heritage. It’s also their livelihood.

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Topics: Stories of Impact, Increasing Incomes, Mexico and Central America

Sweetening the Deal for Cocoa and Honey Producers: Root Capital’s New Partnership with the Trafigura Foundation and Puma Energy Foundation

Posted by Elise Garrity  |  Apr 19, 2018 1:06:41 PM

A honey producer in Guatemala holds a frame of honeycomb before putting it into a centrifuge.

Honey and chocolate are made to satisfy the sweet tooth, but these treats aren’t always a sweet deal for the smallholder farmers that produce them.

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Topics: Our Community, Increasing Incomes, Mexico and Central America, Progressive Partnerships

Your Gift Changes Farmers' Lives. Here's How It Works

Posted by Root Capital  |  Jan 23, 2018 6:00:00 AM

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Ever wonder how your gift unlocks opportunity for millions of smallholder farmers?

We know that farmer finance can seem complicated. So we've tried to make it simple. When you make a donation to Root Capital, you give us the resources we need to support agricultural businesses that serve as engines of impact in farming communities around the world. Check out the graphic above to learn how it works!

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Topics: Increasing Incomes

Unlocking Opportunity for Those Who Need It Most

Posted by Kristin Williams  |  Jan 10, 2018 12:03:27 PM

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Two billion. That’s the number of people in rural communities who are struggling to survive on less than $2 per day.

Many of them are farming to feed the rest of the world, yet they aren’t getting enough to eat. Many live hundreds of miles from accessible markets, without the roads to reach them. With few choices, they’re forced to sell their hard-earned crops at rock-bottom prices.

But there’s a way out of this cycle of grinding poverty.

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Topics: Increasing Incomes, Stories of Impact, Mexico and Central America

What a Dollar Can Do

Posted by Will McAneny  |  May 30, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Producer-members of Ketiara Cooperative in Indonesia picking coffee cherries.

Root Capital was founded in 1999 with a commitment to raising incomes for farmers working in the most vulnerable regions of the world. But instead of working with farmers directly, we chose to focus on the agricultural businesses that create economic opportunities for hundreds, or even thousands, of farmers at a time.

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Topics: Increasing Incomes

May 2017: Root Capital Roundup

Posted by Root Capital  |  May 26, 2017 3:49:53 PM

Welcome to the first-ever Root Capital Roundup!

We’re excited to launch the Root Capital Roundup, a new blog series summarizing the latest news around issues important to us and our supporters.

We’re kicking off this series with a look at the latest trends and insights on a topic that underscores everything we do here at Root Capital: the increasing urgency of investing in smallholder farmers.

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Topics: News and Announcements, Increasing Incomes