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In Tough Conditions, This Nicaraguan Cooperative Blossoms

Posted by Rob Hefferon  |  Sep 26, 2019 1:56:37 PM

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Wiston Vílchez had barely turned 24 when he took over as general manager of the fledgling Flor de Dalia coffee cooperative in 2014. At the time, the cooperative consisted of a handful of families who sold their coffee to local brokers at rock-bottom prices. The brokers then sold the coffee on the international market with a huge mark-up—pocketing all the profit for themselves. 

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Topics: Mexico and Central America, Partnerships, Advisory Services, Stories of Impact, Livelihoods

For Antonio And Roberto, A Small Grant Made A Big Difference

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Apr 17, 2019 6:00:00 AM

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Over the past 20 years, we’ve offered hundreds of coffee businesses the capital and training they need to succeed. But to truly maximize their impact, these businesses sometimes require additional support. That’s why, in partnership with USAID Feed the Future, we launched a Resilience Fund that provides $20,000 grants to some of our highest-performing client businesses in Colombia and Peru.

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Topics: Youth, Stories of Impact, Livelihoods

What Fair Trade And Other Coffee Certifications Mean For Farmer Livelihoods

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Apr 9, 2019 10:30:00 AM

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Certifications give consumers insights into where their coffee comes from. But with so many certifications out there, figuring out what each one means can be challenging. Here's a short guide to help you understand the major coffee certifications—and what getting certified means for our client businesses and coffee farmers.

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Topics: Environment, Livelihoods

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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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, Environment, News and Announcements, Livelihoods

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: Mexico and Central America, Stories of Impact, Livelihoods

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

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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: Mexico and Central America, Partnerships, Livelihoods, Our Community