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How We're Continuing to Support Rural Businesses and Smallholder Farmers During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Posted by Root Capital  |  Mar 20, 2020 2:28:21 PM

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As individuals, communities, and organizations, we are all adapting to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Root Capital and the agricultural businesses we support are no exception; which is why we’re doing everything we can to continue advancing our mission during this uncertain time. 

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Topics: News and Announcements, Our Community

COVID-19 Update From Root Capital

Posted by Frances Reid  |  Mar 19, 2020 5:50:34 PM

As the world faces an outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), our thoughts are with all of you in our global community. This is a difficult time, with many unknowns. But one thing is certain: we must continue being in solidarity with the most vulnerable.

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Topics: News and Announcements, Our Community

This “Hidden Influencer” is Expanding Opportunity for Women Farmers in Colombia

Posted by Rob Hefferon  |  Mar 5, 2020 2:55:23 PM

Elizabeth Garzon Piamba, agronomic technician for ASPROSI coffee association.

It’s 3 o’clock in the morning. The crickets have stopped chirping and hours will pass before the rooster crows. Elizabeth Garzón Piamba is preparing the fire for breakfast while her family sleeps. After she feeds her children and gets them ready for school, she heads out to work as the sun just peeks over the horizon. Elizabeth is a coffee farmer. And she has 4,000 trees to take care of.

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Topics: Women in Agriculture, South America, Our Community

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

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