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What We've Learned About Evaluating Impact in Rural Communities

Posted by Katie Naeve  |  Feb 27, 2020 2:44:54 PM

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Note: This blog post is the third in a four-part series exploring how Root Capital measures and manages the impact of our lending. Read parts one and two

Several years ago, a mango farmer in Burkina Faso told us something that forever changed our approach to impact evaluation.

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Topics: Stories of Impact, Our Community

Reflecting on a 20-Year Partnership with Root Capital

Posted by Colleen Popkin -- Keurig Dr Pepper  |  Feb 20, 2020 9:15:00 AM

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Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the lush, coffee-growing region of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Northern Colombia. The Sierra Nevada is a unique coastal mountain range—with altitudes reaching well above 18,000 feet within sight of the Caribbean. Its rugged and steep geography makes travel to the region quite difficult. Driving to a farm only 14 miles from town took me almost four hours.

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Topics: South America, Partnerships, Our Community

Better Coffee, Better Livelihoods: Lessons from Our Second Joint Workshop with Intelligentsia

Posted by Lula Perez  |  Jan 28, 2020 9:00:32 AM

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"What coffee variety do you think has the lowest quality?” Intelligentsia Coffee’s Director of Sourcing and Shared Value Michael Sheridan asked this question to a room of farmers and business leaders in Honduras last month. “Lempira!” came the unanimous reply. Michael asked a follow-up question: “What is the variety you have planted most on your farms?” Again, the room called out in unison, “Lempira!”

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

Cómo la tecnología digital puede democratizar el acceso a la información para las empresas rurales

Posted by Kate Hyder  |  Dec 10, 2019 10:25:48 AM

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La versión original de este blog apareció en inglés en el sitio web del Pace Able Foundation.

El pueblo de Lonya Grande se encuentra en la región montañosa de Amazonas en Perú. Es aquí a horas en carro de la ciudad más cerca donde la cooperativa CECAFE tiene su sede. Los y las socias de la cooperativa viven aún más alejados y deben atravesar por caminos sinuosos próximos al Parque Nacional Cutervo.

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

Meet Root Capital’s New Chief Operating Officer

Posted by Root Capital  |  Nov 19, 2019 7:54:05 AM

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Root Capital is pleased to welcome Frances Reid as our new Chief Operating Officer. We recently sat down to learn more about her background and what brought her to Root Capital.

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Topics: News and Announcements, Staff Profiles, Our Community

Predicting Social and Environmental Impact Through Due Diligence

Posted by Elizabeth Teague  |  Nov 18, 2019 5:04:01 PM

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

Agricultural enterprises are changemakers in rural communities. They have the ability to improve livelihoods, conserve the environment, and generate opportunities for women and young people. To be a force for good, however, these enterprises must adopt sound business practices that are sustainable, inclusive, and financially responsible.

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Topics: Stories of Impact, Our Community