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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

How “Talent Partnerships” Unlock Business Growth in Rural Kenya

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Jun 11, 2019 3:00:00 PM

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Eighty kilometers outside of Nairobi, the Patel family’s macadamia factory buzzes with activity. In 2016, Mehul and Chirag Patel founded macadamia processing business Rainsun Nuts; every year since, they’ve doubled their sales. Between their office in Nairobi and their factory in the rural town of Sagana, they’ve created jobs for dozens of people—the majority of whom are women, and many of whom are under 35.

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Topics: East Africa, Partnerships, Advisory Services

A Program That's a Win-Win for Rural Businesses and Young Talent

Posted by Kate Hyder  |  Jul 11, 2018 9:40:21 AM

Root Capital staff with members of a focus group in Kumasi, Ghana

This post originally appeared on the blog of the Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab.

Each year, more than 10 million young people across Africa enter the job market, competing for just three million formal jobs. As the continent’s youth population swells steadily towards a projected total of 800 million by 2050, this demographic crisis will intensify even further.

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Topics: West Africa, Partnerships, Advisory Services, Youth

Five Things I Learned from Our Youth Workshops in Nicaragua

Posted by Will McAneny  |  May 16, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Root Capital advisors with a group of young leaders from Root Capital client El Polo.

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of traveling to the coffeelands of northern Nicaragua to see Root Capital’s advisory team in action.

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Topics: Mexico and Central America, Advisory Services, Youth

Human-Centered Design: From California to Côte d'Ivoire

Posted by Kate Hyder  |  Sep 13, 2017 6:00:00 AM

What do young leaders in agriculture really want?

Last year, we asked young leaders in rural Ghana what it takes to be an effective agricultural business leader in their communities. Our next step was to translate what we learned into prototypes designed to strengthen the agricultural leaders of today and tomorrow.

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Topics: West Africa, Advisory Services, Youth

Internal Credit Funds: Extending Credit Where it’s Needed Most

Posted by Will McAneny  |  May 11, 2017 10:26:17 AM

Members of APROCASSI, a coffee cooperative in Peru, line up to apply for credit from the cooperative's internal credit fund.

Members of APROCASSI, a coffee cooperative in Peru, line up to apply for credit from the cooperative's internal credit fund.

When asked about the effect that a rural business’ internal credit fund has on farmers, Root Capital advisor Fany Murillo answers with a single word: “epic.”

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Topics: Mexico and Central America, Advisory Services, Livelihoods