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Root Capital Client Sopacdi Brings Hope to the DRC

Posted by Root Capital  |  May 19, 2014 11:48:00 AM

Coffee wet processing at SOPACDI

Sopacdi, a Root Capital client since early 2013

At this year’s Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) exposition, the world’s largest gathering of coffee professionals, all eyes were on Sopacdi, a coffee cooperative in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Root Capital client. Honored with the 2014 SCAA Sustainability Award, Sopacdi took center stage with its story of revival, growth and hope in the midst of a country ravaged by years of civil war and unthinkable violence.  

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Topics: Peace & Recovery, Central Africa

Lending in the Congo: Inspiration from Rwanda

Posted by Willy Foote  |  Oct 30, 2013 3:27:00 PM

I am pleased to announce the launch of Back Roads to Boardrooms, an inside view of our day-to-day work and interactions with clients in Africa and Latin America, and the larger challenges and opportunities we face in scaling an impact-first agricultural lending operation. On a weekly basis, you will read diverse perspectives from our team of seasoned experts, along with some unique contributions from a suite of guest bloggers—ranging from Root board members to clients to global brands and leading philanthropists.

To kick things off, I’m proud to share my own reflections about our recent lending foray into the Democratic Republic of Congo and its parallels to our entry into post-conflict Rwanda eight years ago.  I hope you will comment and join the conversation!

Richard Tugume, Root Capital

Root Capital loan officer Richard Tugume in a canoe used by Root Capital client Sopacdi to shuttle between the cooperative's headquarters and its coffee-washing station on the shores of Lake Kivu, DRC

A thin ray of hope is emerging today from The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), one of the most war-ravaged and anarchic countries in the world. 

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Topics: East Africa, Peace & Recovery, Women in Agriculture, Central Africa, Willy Foote