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By Working Together, We Can Support Peruvian Coffee Farmers on the Frontlines of Climate Change

Posted by Ana Lucía Trujillo and Elizabeth Teague  |  Apr 26, 2018 6:30:00 AM

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For our client businesses in Peru, deforestation and climate change aren’t distant threats. They’re daily realities.

Many of these coffee businesses are located at the edge of the Amazon rainforest, the largest contiguous forest in the world. But while it may seem limitless, this precious region is in danger of disappearing forever.

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Topics: South America, Progressive Partnerships, Our Community

Trabajando juntos podemos apoyar a productores de café peruanos que enfrentan el cambio climático

Posted by Ana Lucía Trujillo and Elizabeth Teague  |  Apr 26, 2018 6:00:00 AM

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Para las empresas con las que trabajamos en Perú, la deforestación y el cambio climático no son amenazas lejanas, son realidades cotidianas.

Muchos de estos negocios de café se encuentran en el borde de la selva amazónica, contiguo al bosque más grande del mundo. Pero aunque puede parecer que no tiene límites, esta preciosa región está en peligro de desaparecer para siempre.

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Topics: South America, Progressive Partnerships, En Español, Our Community

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

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

Coffee, Culture and Change in The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

Posted by Rick Peyser  |  Mar 22, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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Root Capital board members and staff with the leaders of ANEI, a Fair Trade and organic coffee cooperative in Colombia

In late February, I joined a few members of Root Capital’s staff and fellow Board members in traveling to visit ANEI, a Fair Trade and organic coffee cooperative located in the mountains of northeastern Colombia, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. The cooperative, which has been a Root Capital client since 2012, has 700 small-scale coffee farming family members from four indigenous groups – the Arhuacos, Koguis, Wiwas, and Kankuamos – each with a distinct language.

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Topics: South America, Our Community

Driving Ecosystem Change: An Interview with Eric Cooperström of the Skoll Foundation

Posted by Rachel Serotta  |  Apr 7, 2016 11:58:00 AM

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Over the past 15 years, the Skoll Foundation has been working to drive large-scale change by investing in, connecting, and celebrating social entrepreneurs and innovators advancing solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. The Foundation has been a long-time partner, supporting Root Capital with a combination of grant and debt funding for the past 10 years, and most recently provided a 10-year, $2 million loan that is subordinate to senior noteholders.

We recently had a conversation with Eric Cooperström, principal and head of follow-on investing at the Skoll Foundation, during which he reflected on the Foundation’s evolving support of Root Capital and what excites him about the future of our partnership.

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Topics: Our Community