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How Digital Technology is Democratizing Data for Rural Businesses

Posted by Kate Hyder  |  Nov 5, 2019 4:09:24 PM

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This post originally appeared on the website of the Pace Able Foundation.

The town of Lonya Grande sits in the mountainous region of Amazonas, Peru. It is here, hours by car from the nearest major city, that the coffee cooperative CECAFE has its headquarters. Members of the cooperative live even farther afield, down winding roads in the shadows of the Cutervo National Park.

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Topics: South America, Partnerships, Advisory Services, Stories of Impact, Livelihoods

New Members Bring Expertise in Coffee and Gender Equity to Root Capital's Board of Directors

Posted by Root Capital  |  Oct 30, 2019 11:03:11 AM

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Root Capital is thrilled to announce the addition of two sector-leading experts to our board of directors. Lindsey Bolger, who has spent the last three decades promoting sustainable sourcing within the coffee industry, has joined us alongside Marissa Wesely, a lawyer and life-long advocate for women's economic opportunity. You can read more about Lindsey and Marissa below. 

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Topics: News and Announcements, Our Community

In Peru's Coffeelands, These Women Mean Business

Posted by Abigail Bok  |  Oct 15, 2019 12:42:46 PM

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Along the impossibly steep and narrow road winding up to the village of Sanchirio Palomar, the only sounds are the rustling tree canopy and birdsong. It’s fitting, since the village’s name—a combination of Spanish and indigenous words—means “cold river with many birds.” With internet and reliable phone service only arriving last month, Sanchirio Palomar feels, at first, like a sleepy place where not much happens. But in reality, this remote Peruvian village pulses with ambition, creativity, and drive. Just ask Patricia. 

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Topics: Women in Agriculture, South America, Stories of Impact

How Root Capital Measures and Manages the Impact of Our Work

Posted by Katie Naeve  |  Oct 1, 2019 9:58:46 AM

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Note: This blog post is the first in a four-part series exploring how Root Capital measures our impact and that of our clients on farming communities around the world.

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Topics: Stories of Impact, Our Community

What We've Learned Through Seven Years of Our Women in Agriculture Initiative

Posted by Katie Naeve  |  Sep 27, 2019 10:50:27 AM

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For years, Dora Lisa Carrión Gómez rose early every morning to open Saja, a café in the quiet Andean town of San Ignacio in northern Peru. Saja is owned and operated by members of the women’s group of APROCASSI, a coffee cooperative where, for a time, Dora Lisa also served as president. “Women have always been discriminated against,” says Dora Lisa. “But when I joined APROCASSI in 2006, I saw this new reality: a reality where women could work, could advance. A reality where women could have power.”

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Topics: Women in Agriculture, Stories of Impact

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