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Detrás del escenario con el equipo de Asesoría de Root Capital

Posted by Melanny Zúñiga  |  Apr 6, 2017 1:24:39 PM

Lula Pérez Águilar

Lula Pérez, asesora de Root Capital.

En diciembre del 2016, con la aproximación del cierre de la Iniciativa para la Resiliencia de los Productores de Café (CFRI, por sus siglas en inglés), aprovechamos la oportunidad para celebrar los resultados de este esfuerzo polifacético de canalizar capital y capacitación a empresas asociativas productoras de café en la lucha contra el brote de la roya en América Latina.

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Topics: Mexico and Central America, Strengthening Businesses, En Español, Staff Profiles

To Loan Officer Olivier Ramírez, Coffee is Everything

Posted by Lauren Baum  |  May 5, 2016 10:48:09 AM


Olivier Ramírez, second from right, with members of Root Captial client Manos Campesinas, a 1,100-member coffee cooperative in Guatemala

Ask someone what coffee means to them, and you might get an answer that references their morning routine, or the bean's ability to help them power through a nine-to-five workday.

But ask Root Capital Senior Loan Officer Olivier Ramírez the same question, and his answer will likely blow you away:

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Topics: Mexico and Central America, Staff Profiles

Introducing Peter Bernard, Root Capital’s New Chief Operating Officer

Posted by Lauren Baum  |  Mar 1, 2016 2:02:42 PM


Peter Bernard, second from left, with his wife Susan, far right, and the Root Capital team in Senegal


Today, Peter Bernard joins Root Capital as our first chief operating officer.

A Wall Street veteran who most recently served as the chief risk officer at the global investment firm D.E. Shaw & Company, Peter is coming on board to lead Root Capital’s finance, lending, risk, advisory services, and talent functions.

Peter has been a part of the Root Capital family for quite some time, serving as a member of our board of directors from 2011 until just last week when he participated in his final meeting as a member, serving as vice chair. He and Root Capital Founder and CEO Willy Foote recently had an opportunity to chat about the evolution of Peter’s role at Root Capital and what to expect as Peter takes the helm as our first COO.

An edited transcript of their conversation is below.

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Topics: News and Announcements, Staff Profiles

Managing Risk – All Part of a Day’s Work

Posted by Darcy Salinger  |  Aug 12, 2015 12:31:56 PM


Photo credit: Lendingmemo.com

Credit risk: the potential that a borrower will fail to meet its contractual obligation to make a payment. Credit risk exists with every loan, and at Root Capital, our number one job is to manage that risk while investing in environmentally and socially responsible enterprises that build better livelihoods for smallholder farmers around the globe.

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Topics: Staff Profiles

Getting Women a Seat at the Table: Q&A with Charles Maina, Financial Advisory Coordinator for East Africa

Posted by Lauren Baum  |  Jul 20, 2015 12:02:00 PM

Charles Maina

Over the last year or so, our Advisory Services team has been experimenting with different ways in which we can continue to increase the participation of women in our various financial management and technical assistance workshops around the world.

Recently, we had the chance to sit down with Charles Maina, our financial advisory coordinator for East Africa, to hear about the innovative approach he and his team have been piloting among our Advisory clients in Uganda and Rwanda.

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Topics: East Africa, Unlocking Opportunities for Women, Strengthening Businesses, Staff Profiles

Así es como David Lozano de Root Capital trabaja para redefinir el ‘machismo’ en México

Posted by Lauren Baum  |  Jul 6, 2015 4:09:00 PM


Inversión con un enfoque en la igualdad de género. Half the Sky.  HeForShe. Lean In.

Durante los últimos años el empoderamiento económico de las mujeres se ha convertido en un tema predominante entre periodistas, profesionales del desarrollo internacional, inversionistas y empresas internacionales por igual.

A pesar de que el interés en estos temas de la igualdad de género ha ido creciendo significativamente, David Lozano, quien trabaja en México como Coordinador de servicios de asesoría financiera para Root Capital, ya había iniciado a dedicar su trabajo a esta problemática desde hace 20 años, analizando el impacto que las desigualdades de género tienen en las personas, en las familias y en las comunidades en general.

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Topics: Unlocking Opportunities for Women, Mexico and Central America, Strengthening Businesses, En Español, Staff Profiles